Reducing drain pollution – 100 residents and wet market workers organise a drain clean-up to keep Sg Jinjang clean

KUALA LUMPUR: One hundred residents of Kampung Selayang Lama and immigrant workers of Pasar Borong Kuala Lumpur partake in a one-kilometer drain clean-up as part of their effort to keep Sungai Jinjang clean. The event was organised by the Persatuan Penduduk Kampung Selayang Lama, Department of Irrigation and Drainage Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and Global Environment Centre (GEC) a under River of Life Public Outreach Programme Phase 5 (ROLPOP 5).

The event begun with a briefing on the importance of clean drains to rivers by GEC, followed by participants cleaning up clogged drains that causing stagnant water and inhibiting water flow to Sungai Jinjang. The event aimed to build capacity and raise awareness among the public on the importance of drains and how by having a clean drains help to reduce pollution of Sungai Jinjang and creating cleaner environment.

“Lack of awareness on the importance of having a clean drain is a fundamental cause of river pollution. Drain is a part of our river basin. Many people do not know that our drain is only meant for stormwater and it leads to river. Anything other than stormwater is potential contaminant that may deteriorates our river water quality”, said Dr K. Kalithasan, GEC’s river and waste management expert.

Stormwater is described as water generated from rain events that does not get absorbed into the ground, and flows into a drainage system which eventually leads to the nearest stream or river. It is one of the causes of river pollution when pollution enters a drain or stormwater carries pollutions without receiving any treatment or filtration before it discharges into the waterway. In Malaysia, stormdrain pollution is a major problem and it is affecting majority of the urban rivers, like the Sungai Klang.

As many as 180 rubbish bags filled with rubbish, sediments and sludge were collected during the event.

The event also saw Yang Berhormat P. Prabakaran, Member of Parliament, Batu joining the participants to clean- up the drains. He pledged further action will be taken to reduced drain pollution in the area and river pollution in Sungai Jinjang.

Sungai Jinjang is a part of Sungai Klang river basin. It passes through areas such as Selayang, Batu Caves and Taman Wahyu and categorised as Class III which is considered polluted and not suitable for recreational purposes.