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Many Malaysians without water
It said the plant, run by the state water consortium, was shut down early on Tuesday as part of an emergency action plan once the contamination was discovered.
'The contamination from a nearby landfill leached into the Semenyih river which provides the raw water being fed into the treatment plant,' Abdul Halem Mat Som, Syabas corporate communications executive director, told media.
He said authorities found ammonia contamination of 6.41 milligrams per litre, more than four times the health ministry's acceptable level of 1.5 milligrams.
'As the plant treats about 600 million litres of water daily to supply 300,000 households, or more than 1.2 million residents in the area, it had to be shut down so that action can be taken to stop the contamination,' he said.
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