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Fri 26 Mar 2004

Smelly purple water in Kranji canal

Category : news

Teh Jen Lee of The New Paper reports - Joseph Lai saw Kranji canal water turn purple more than once. Wondering about pollution, he took photos in 2003 as the canal ends in the Western Johor Straits, the same body of water that flushes the mangroves of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

Jen Lee interviewed contractors working along the canal. 'Mr Chai Kuan Teck, 39, a foreman who often fishes at different canals, said: "Of all the canals, this is the smelliest. It's especially bad at low tide. The fish we catch also stinks so we can't eat it."'

'A spokesman for the National Environment Agency (NEA) explained that the purple discharge comes from a textile factory in the Kranji Industrial Estate. "The colour dye is organic in nature, is biodegradable and soluble in water. It is not toxic and is not harmful to aquatic organisms."

However, NEA said it had asked the textile factory to take further measures to minimise its discharge of dye.'

Extracted from: "Smelly factory water turns Kranji canal purple". By Teh Jen Lee, The New Paper, 23 March 2004. If link expires, read the pdf.

Thanks to Anand B. for the alert.

Posted at 4:46AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news