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Water Quality Monitoring for Oil Palm Plantation

Operations for the establishment of oil palm plantations, such as site clearing, felling, planting, replanting, and the use of agro-chemical lead inevitably to significant environmental and socio-economic impacts. Therefore, to gauge environmental performance in a progressive manner, water quality monitoring must be initiated from the outset.

Such monitoring and analysis should be in accordance with the requirements for the establishment of the agricultural plantation project. The water quality monitoring programme aims to collect, analyse and evaluate water samples at the drain, stream or river within the immediate vicinity the project site.

Such a monitoring programme would provide an early indicator of any adverse impacts or changes in impact trends on water quality. Therefore, appropriate mitigation and remedial measures could be taken to prevent unacceptable impact or further deterioration of water quality.  The monitoring results would then be compared with proposed Interim National Water Quality Standards (INWQS) for river water quality.

Under the terms and conditions of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report approval, the project proponent must submit the water quality monitoring report to the Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB) every three months for the entire period of the project, starting from the date of approval.

ESI operate the only private laboratory in the central and northern regions of Sarawak for the analysis and evaluation of samples. The laboratory utilizes modern state of art analytical equipment to facilitate prompt, accurate and reproducible analysis. Proven sampling strategies, using ISO recognized monitoring instruments, are also available for the analysis of environmental monitoring samples.