Providing essential goods, free desludging services to needy

(From left) Dr Mahmood and Narendran with Ahmad Johnie, who says the community programme also helps to increase public understanding of sewerage services.

National wastewater and sanitation company Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) Sdn Bhd has initiated its “IWK Cares” programme by providing essential goods to the needy.

IWK chairman Ahmad Johnie Zawawi said the community programme was one of its ongoing activities, not just to strengthen relations with local community, but also to increase public understanding of sewerage services.

“The charity programme is conducted every year.

“In addition to the challenges that we faced this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we undertook various initiatives to assist frontline personnel and affected groups, even from the early stages of the movement control order (MCO), ” he said at IWK’s donation presentation to Selangor and Federal Territory Rehabilitation Centre for the Disabled.

Also present were IWK chief executive officer Narendran Maniam and the rehabilitation centre’s president Datuk Dr Mahmood Merican.

The contribution consisted of essential goods, RM1,000 cash, free desludging services and a mini nursery using bio-solid fertiliser generated from wastewater treatment at IWK’s sewage treatment plants.

IWK staff sprucing up a mini landscape garden using bio-solid fertilisers.IWK staff sprucing up a mini landscape garden using bio-solid fertilisers.

Ahmad Johnie said in addition to providing sewerage services throughout the MCO period, IWK also donated hospital equipment to the Health Ministry, food supplies to underprivileged communities and desludging services at Covid-19 screening centres.

The company had previously contributed ventilators, intensive care beds, monitors for patients, personal protective equipment and hospital beds collectively worth approximately RM200,000 to the Health Ministry.

At the same time, the company donated almost RM50,000 worth of food provisions to the needy.

Narendran said the free desludging service at places of worship or registered charity homes was often conducted by the company as one of its many social responsibilities.

He said the service was offered to inculcate deeper public understanding on the importance of regular desludging to maintain an efficient septic tank and prevent sullage from overflowing into the environment.

“IWK will continue its social responsibility programmes such as the IWK Cares and at the same time, we encourage the public to appreciate the clean environment, ” Narendran added.

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