The ponds at the park bordering Ara Vista and Ara Impian are in a deplorable state. These water retention ponds are designed to prevent flooding when during a heavy down pour, the sudden surge of water often overwhelm the existing network of drains. With some of the drains feeding into them, the ponds are able to temporarily expand in size raising the water level by several inches and sometimes as much as a foot. Once the storm has passed, the ponds take their time to drain the water out at their own pace.
There are actually 3 sections of the retention ponds at the park. The upper pond is located at the park near Ara Hill where a monsoon drain feeds into it. The middle pond separates the semi-Ds and Calarosa’s double-storeyed linked houses with a second monsoon drain feed. The middle pond then feeds into another pond which is at a much lower elevation. A bridge serves as the demarkation point between these two ponds.
The ponds are currently not well maintained and the uncontrolled growth of weeds has created a very ugly sight. On the flip side, the ponds are home to many schools of fishes. The most common is ikan Tilapia but ikan Haruan can also found. In the evenings, a number of anglers can be seen trying their luck and a couple of times, they got away with the rare ikan Haruan.
Over the last weekend, it was a pity sight though. Dozens of fishes were found belly up floating in the ponds. They were of different sizes, both large and small.
What caused their death? Was something toxic in the water? Did someone intentionally, accidentally or unknowingly pour something toxic in the drains? Surprisingly though, some other species survived! Dozens of them can be seen especially near the monsoon drain at the middle pond. The species that survived are black or grey in colour whilst those who died were the silver ones.
The rain in the late afternoon will help. Whatever toxicity in the water, hopefully will be diluted by the rain and the species that survived will continue to thrive.
Good luck, survivors!