Posted: 06 Mar 2012 07:38 PM PST
The best business you could start in Miri today, is selling bottled water! People are desperate for drinking water right now because the drinking water supply has been contaminated by a diesel spill -- 14,000 liters of diesel, to be exact. On the 6th of March 2012, the New Straits Times reported:
MIRI: REPORTS of people doing extreme things when they had no water for more than 12 hours on Sunday, due to diesel contaminating the city's main source of drinking water, are making the rounds here. "People were using Coke and 7-Up to wash themselves after going to the toilet. One of my friends told me she used 100 Plus to brush her teeth last night," housewife Sue Abdullah said yesterday.
300,000 people affected
300,000 people are affected by 14,000 liters of diesel that poured into Sungai Liku in Sarawak.The big question is how does 14,000 liters get into a river and not be detected immediately? Apparently part of the answer to this conundrum is that, the spillage started on a Saturday, and continued on Sunday, and because it was a weekend, nobody was around to check.
On 5th March 2012, the Borneo Post reported:
MIRI: Lebih 300,000 penduduk di bandar raya Miri dan Daerah Bekenu semalam terjejas bekalan air bersih selepas sumber air di Sungai Liku tercemar oleh tumpahan minyak diesel daripada tangki simpanan minyak sebuah syarikat swasta yang terletak dua kilometer dari sungai tersebut. Dianggarkan, sejumlah 14,000 liter minyak diesel yang digunakan untuk proses penurapan jalan yang disimpan di dalam tangki milik syarikat berkenaan, tumpah ke tanah dan seterusnya mengalir ke Sungai Liku, selepas saluran tangki tersebut bocor dan tidak disedari oleh para pekerjanya. Pengurus LAKU Management Sdn Bhd (LAKU) Kawasan Miri, Lo Su Onn yang ditemui di Loji Perawatan Air LAKU di Lambir semalam memberitahu, pencemaran itu disedari oleh pekerja loji berkenaan pada jam 8.30 malam kelmarin apabila terhidu bau diesel yang kuat dari kawasan pengambilan air.Sebaik menyedari terdapatnya tumpahan minyak, kakitangan yang bertanggungjawab menyelenggara loji ketika itu bertindak menutup operasi loji serta-merta bagi mengelak air yang telah tercemar terus memasuki kawasan penapisan dan rawatan.(Source: The Borneo Post, Pencemaran Air, Miri Terjejas. 5th March 2012. URL: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/03/05/pencemaran-air-miri-terjejas/)
For those of you that don't read Malay, here are some of the highlights of the article:
Photos on Facebook
A Facebook group claiming to represent Sarawakians has posted up photos related to the Miri diesel spill. It must be noted, these seem to be posted by the opposition party in Sarawak.
Possible Negligence ... and Court Case?
On 6th March 2012, the Department of Environment (DOE) was reported to have found possible negligence in their investigation of the water contamination. Here is an excerpt:
I don't understand the phrase "caused massive water supply in the city". How does a leakage cause massive water supply?
I hope the court case will take place soon. From experience, oil will dehydrate and reduce in volume over time. By the time the court case is heard, "44 drums of contaminants" could be half-empty, if they are not properly sealed.
Here are some Photos of bituminous emulsion at Google Images.
Here are some other articles about the incident.
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