Segari residents want authorities to resolve water pollution

Segari residents want authorities to resolve water pollution

LUMUT: Residents at Kampung Batu 10, Segari here, want the authorities to resolve the problem of pollution of the drain water in the area which they claimed is not only giving foul smell, but also causing skin irritation.

A resident Zabidi Said, 63, said they have had to bear with the problem since four months ago and the situation is made worse with the ever swarming of flies into the village, a problem they have to deal with since decades ago.

The water-pollution and fly problems are affecting our lives, he said, adding that farmers are worst affected as most of them depend on water from the drain for pesticide application activities on their farms.

He said the water in the drain was clean and clear before.

“Now, I have to carry water from the house, which is quite a distance away, to do that, and at the same time,having to deal with the invasion of flies,” he said when met by reporters during a media visit to the village.

Zabidi said the drain in the water is filthy and smelly and believed it is caused by poultry farmers who released water used to clean their chicken coops into the drain.

According to him, the poultry farmers are now using a new system to address the fly problem.

However, in doing so, they have created another problem, he added.

He hoped the authorities would address the matter soon and not wait until the situation worsened.

Another resident, Pazaer Senawi, 65, who stays at the Sungai Gelam estuary, said the river water smells of chicken poop, especially during low tide.

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