New chemical to help improve water quality
By Jacqueline Raphael
MIRI: Laku Management Sdn Bhd (LAKU) is currently using a new type of chemical aluminium chlorohydrate (ACH) on a 14-day trial run at its Lambir Water Treatment Plant in an effort to improve the quality of treated water.
Its Miri area manager Lo Su Onn said during the trial run period which started Tuesday, consumers might experience murky or discoloured water.
The public can rest assured that the water is safe for consumption, and is not contaminated in any manner, he said at a press conference yesterday, adding the new chemical is used to treat discoloured or murky water.
According to him, if successful, the new chemical will replace aluminium sulphate which is normally used by LAKU at its water treatment plant.
Once successful, we will recommend it (ACH) to the board for the board to order the chemical in bulk.
From then on, aluminium chlorohydrate will be used, instead of aluminium sulphate, in our treatment plant, he said, adding ACH is widely used in Peninsular Malaysia to treat discoloured water.
He advised consumers who encounter murky water problem to contact LAKUs 24-hour Customer Service Hotlines at 085-426626/436626 for assistance.
We apologise for the inconvenience caused and we have stepped up our flushing operations to minimise this effect, he said.
He added that reports on murky tap water could also be lodged at http://www.lakumanagement.com.my.
Prior to the press conference, a ceremony to present prizes to winners of two essay writing competitions which were organised by LAKU earlier this year was held.
For the primary school category, the topic was How to protect trans-boundary water source and the champion is Rachel Kueh Tze Thiin from SJK Chung Hua Bintulu.
The second place in the same category went to Siti Nurul Nabila Tapahai of SK Anchi Miri while Michael Wong Ling Kiat of SJK Chung Hua Bintulu came third.
For the secondary school category the topic was The importance of trans-boundary water source and the champion was Chong Wee How from SMK Marudi.
The second place went to Justine Wong Li Lin while the third place went to Sim Yi Jing.
Both winners are from SMK Chung Hua Miri.
The prizes were presented to the winners by LAKU senior manager (Finance and ICT) Affendi Taher, representing LAKU chief executive officer Wong Tiong Kai.
Source: http://www.theborneopost.com/?p=51381 (The Borneo Post online)