Sungai Kinta which is 100 km in length originates from Gunung Korbu at Ulu Kinta, Tanjung Rambutan to Sungai Perak. The 2,500 km2 Sg. Kinta river basin branches into 7 tributaries; Sg. Pari, Sg. BuntongSg. Kledang , Sg. Raya, Sg. Pinji, Sg. Johan, Sg. Kampar and Sg. Chenderiang.
Sg. Kinta is a critical resource for consumption and production in Ipoh. There are a broad range of water related problems which occurs due to improper management and inefficient including:
High levels of water use for domestic and industrial use
Reduction in quality of water supply
Inefficiency and wastage in water usage
Pollution of streams and rivers from industrial and domestic pollution
Solid waste, eroded soil from land clearing, degradation of lakes and other water bodies
Sewage pollution from retention ponds
Wet market, domestic animal farming
Lack of recreational areas with clean water resources
Increase in waterborne disease
Sg. Kinta is currently classified with an average Class III water quality and a water quality index of 51.9 – 76.5. This means that the water is polluted and requires extensive treatment before the water can be used for drinking purposes. The major causes of pollution in the Sg. Kinta Basin are: industrial discharge, improper sewage treatment, residential discharge, wet markets, pig/chicken farms, sand-mining, land development, and soil erosion.
There is an urgent need to address these issues and engage the target communities including the industries, schools and residents to understand the seriousness of the problem and initiate changes at their areas.