Polluted Penang River Heals Amid COVID-19 Pandemic


Not only do safe distancing measures, travel restrictions, and stay-home policies help break the chain of COVID-19 transmission, but they have also helped heal the 3.5km Penang River.

Gone is the pitch-black flow polluting the Straits of Malacca, as the river is now jade green with algae.

Due to the movement control order (MCO) imposed to control the spread of the coronavirus, one of the dirtiest rivers in Malaysia is less polluted from human activity. The river’s water quality was categorised at Class Four, just one step below the dead river category of Class Five.

The Penang River is in the Sungai Pinang river basin. This area covers about 50sq km, covering much of George Town and all of Ayer Itam plus Paya Terubong.

The Penang River was almost upgraded to a Class Two over 10 years ago. With the MCO extension, this may now be easier to achieve.

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The Straits Times

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