Environment Ministry: Water From Only 10 Rivers Drinkable

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The Star Online by Yuen Meikeng - Photo: fakawitribe.com

Kuala Lumpur: Water from only 2% of the 473 rivers in the country are drinkable without any treatment.

Deputy Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr James Dawos Mamit told Parliament the 10-odd rivers were categorised under Class 1, which refers to a standard of river water that is clean enough to drink.

He did not name the rivers.

“The number comprises 2% of the total 473* rivers in which quality is monitored by the Department of Environment (DoE). This is based on records from the department in 2013,” he said during question time.

He said the 10 rivers were part of the 275 rivers classified under Class 2 (rivers which are considered clean.)

“This means that 58.1% of our rivers are clean. We must always be careful and ensure that the quality of water in the 275 rivers are always maintained,” he said.

On The Star’s frontpage report on the annual 300,000 tonnes of garbage being thrown into rivers, James said the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) had built catchments to stop the thrash from flowing into the sea.

“The collection of garbage from rivers is also carried out by the local authorities and the DoE.

“The DoE and DID monitors cases of organic waste or toxic materials being channelled into rivers and their reports will be forwarded to the Attorney-General for action,” he said.

James added that 23,000 tonnes of solid waste and garbage were generated from Malaysians daily.

It was reported by The Star that about 300,000 tonnes of garbage, enough to fill 110 Olympic-sized swimming pools, are being dumped into rivers yearly and the constant pollution is adding to the prolonged water shortage.

*”A Sungai Runs Through It**” in Bukit Kiara WAS classified as a Class 1 by the Global Environment Center (GEC), now not so sure anymore…

** See the story of the “Sungai Runs Through It" river here via Fakawi.com.

Kota Damansara Community Forest Jungle Biking by FakawiTribe.com

Exploring the beautiful jungle trails of the Kota Damansara Community Forest Reserve with the usual suspects..

The network of KDCF’s trails were built and maintained by the wonderful volunteers at the Kota Damansara Community Forest Society (KDCFS) with the support from the Selangor Forestry Department, Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) and other key NGOs.

Learn more here: facebook.com/groups/77015742023/

Riders: Red and Neeeehal
Video by Chiefy

TRAKS Trail Day, Sunday 06 April @ Kota Damansara

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We have made amazing progress on this trail so far thanks to our dedicated and driven volunteers! Come join us as we press on on T4, the first of the two Rimba Riang trails. This next trail day is this coming Sunday.

As with all trail days, come with appropriate footwear, long sleeves, mosquito repellent, parang, gloves. We will supply cangkuls, rakes. For those that have never been on a trail day, come by 8.15 am for a special briefing. Meet at Intersection between Jalan Rimba Riang 9/1 and 9/9.

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What, never heard of  Kota Damansara Comunity Forest, serious?

Then check their website  to know more about the sweet MTB trail network!

Here’s a preview, just for you:

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Later on this month we” be doing TRAKS Trail Day - Sunday 20 April @ Bukit Kiara, 08:00. See you there!

In the meantime, check out this sweet video by Fakawitribe

FakawiTribe.com | KDCF Jungle Biking from Fakawi on Vimeo.

TRAKS Trail Day - Sunday 20 April @ Bukit Kiara, 08:00

  • Date: Sunday, 20 April
  • Time: 08am
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Meeting location: 4-Ways @ Bukit Kiara, (3°09’07.9”N 101°38’14.6”E if you’ve been living under a stone lately)

Now that the rains have started again, we need to do a major effort on a number of fronts. First and foremost, we need to rake all the trails. That’s right. All of them! It will be impossible to do it all in one shot, but we can start on the 20th and work towards having the leaves off them over the coming weeks after that.

The second focus is to open up the water bars on every major downhill section. The one with the biggest need is Twin Peaks since we’ve already seen some erosion starting again, so let’s clear the water bars of all debris and make them deeper. No new water bars needs to be created here having already been done before. On other trails there may need to be new water bars depending on the last time that work was conducted on them.

The third and final focus is to pick up the trash that has amazingly accumulated by ignorant fools who are using the trails. Please make sure that you harp on everyone to pack-it-in/ pack-it-out so that we can start to reduce such ignorant behavior. In the future, if you ever see someone doing this, hammer them, humiliate them and publish their name on our TRAKS Facebook page.

Please bring your own tools (rake and changkul). We have a few, but not enough to provide to everyone.

For those of you who are responsible for trails under the Kiara Adopt A Trail list, please make sure you join us. The intent is that you will be handling your trails and snagging teams of people to assist. If you don’t remember what trail you are responsible for, shame on you ! We have the list and will post it.

Keep Bukit Kiara clean, green and refreshing

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By Dr. Pola Singh - The Star Online, 31 March 2014

I live near the Bukit Kiara Park. If God had granted me one wish in my lifetime, that wish would be to live next to a spacious green lung and clean natural forest.

And yes, my dream has sort of come true. Like hundreds of other residents in my neighbourhood, I walk up the hill every other day and enjoy the cool fresh air and relish a good workout.

The Bukit Kiara Park not only provides a great place to exercise but also for children to play, families to gather, neighbours to meet and stressed-out city folks and nature lovers to enjoy a peaceful retreat.

Aside from enjoying a good workout at this green lung, its tranquil and pleasant setting is home to many wild plants, birds, monkeys and other animals.

Thanks to the good work of the Trails Association of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, which builds and maintains mountain bike trails all around Bukit Kiara, the public can now go on a number of interesting jungle trails while enjoying the beauty of nature.

All of this would mean nothing if efforts to keep Bukit Kiara clean and green are not given serious attention.

If left unchecked, Bukit Kiara will slowly become a rubbish dump.

Along the paved roads, dustbins are often toppled by the monkeys and rubbish gets strewn all over.

Hardly a soul would put things right and when I do, I only get cold stares.

The cleanliness of the area around the guardhouses should be the responsibility of the guards.

Many a time, when the monkeys topple the big trash bins, the security guards simply ignore the scattered rubbish and pretend that they don’t notice the toppled bin. The guards should be conscious of keeping their environment clean by playing their part or be directed to do so by the authorities.

While the authorities do collect this trash once in a while, this is not so along the jungle trails.

As more and more walkers, hikers and cyclists sweat it out on this increasingly popular hill, especially during the weekends, the jungle trails are now besieged with an increasing amount of trash.

It appears that some of them do not seem to care about keeping the hill clean. They take the easy way out by dumping their rubbish along the trails.

Empty plastic bottles and bags, umbrellas and jogging paraphernalia are discarded and scattered all over.

Every time I hike up the Bukit Kiara jungle trails, my heart sinks when I see plastic bottles strewn along the trails. They have become an eyesore.

Bukit Kiara will lose its charm if such attitudes are not changed.

I would like to appeal to all hikers, walkers and cyclists using the jungle trails to be more responsible by refraining from throwing any trash on the trail but instead take their trash out especially the empty mineral water bottles.

To get rid of the existing trash, they could do all of us a great favour by picking up one piece of trash each time they go on their hike or cycling trip.

The message to be internalised by all: Please leave your footprints, not your trash.

Dr. Pola Singh, Kuala Lumpur