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11 sewage pumping stations in KK treated with micro-organisms

6th March, 2019


KOTA KINABALU: The sewage leaking into the drains and rivers in the Likas area is being treated with micro-organisms while waiting for the broken sewage pipe to be repaired in three months.

Infrastructure Development Minister, Datuk Peter Anthony said that the Public Works Department (PWD) has started to release the micro-organism solution into 11 sewage pumping stations throughout the city yesterday.

He said that the micro-organism solution was imported from the United States and approved by relevant authorities as environmentally friendly.

According to him, treating the sewage is necessary as it currently leaks out into the drainage system, causing contamination, much to the dismay of the people in the Likas area.

He said that at the same time, PWD is repairing the broken sewage pipe which will take three months to be completed.

“This leakage has been going on for more than nine months and the contractor appointed to repair the pipe failed to finish the job. So PWD has appointed another contractor who will complete it in 90 days.

“After the repair, PWD will continue to monitor the condition of the pipes closely to avoid leakage,” he told reporters when met at Dah Yeh Pumping Station in Likas here yesterday.

Peter was on a site visit to monitor the dosing of the micro-organism by its supplier, ENV Water Clean Sdn Bhd. He also said that he has instructed the PWD director to add more manpower to all 11 pumping stations in the city to ensure their operations run smoothly.

Meanwhile, ENV Water Clean Sdn Bhd managing director, CL Foi @ Leong said that the product is approved by the US Department of Agriculture, and is applicable to waste water management and agriculture industry.

“This is a biological treatment, 100 per cent environmentally friendly, and it is registered with the National Water Service Commission in 2009. The product has been in the market for 37 years.

“The solution contains special bacteria to tackle specific problems such as high contamination before discharging the water to the sea. It rids the water of smell and dangerous germs such as e-coli.

“It will be applied twice weekly and the result can be seen within a month,” he said, adding that the company has been contracted to treat the sewage for three months.

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