KLANG residents are urged to stop throwing plastic bottles, single-use plastic bags and cut-grass into the drains.
KDEB Waste Management Sdn Bhd media and public relations assistant manager Johari Mohd Salleh said drains must be free of rubbish.
“Residents must ensure rubbish does not clog up the waterway, in order to prevent flash floods, ” he said.
He added that there were times when the drains would be clogged up with plastic bottles again barely a few days after maintenance workers had cleared them.
Johari was speaking after conducting a spot-check in Taman Setia where KDEB workers were cutting the grass and cleaning the drains.
“Our workers follow the schedule for cleaning up the drainage networks.
“Under KDEB, grass-cutting and cleaning of drains are done every two weeks.
“We appeal to the people to bag cut-grass and neatly tie up pruned tree branches from their gardens for the free pick-up, ” he said.
Johari clarified that KDEB contractors were required to clean drains measuring less than 1.5m wide.
“There is a misconception over the areas we are in charge of, as not all drains or roads are under our purview.
“If not under KDEB, then it is either under the respective local councils, Drainage and Irrigation Department (JPS) or Public Works Department (JKR).
“Roads identified as ‘Persiaran’ are also not under our purview, ” he said.
Monsoon drains and most main roads were not under KDEB’s scope, he added.
Johari urged the public to download the iClean app or call KDEB’s customer helpline at 019-375 9592 or 019-375 3980, WhatsApp 019-274 2824 or call 1-800 88 2824.
StarMetro, on June 24, had reported on the issue of grass-cutters’ failure to collect and bag cutgrass in public areas.
In response to this, Johari said, “I assure the people that KDEB will instruct its contractors to do their job.”
Meanwhile, Klang Municipal Council (MPK) Environmental Services Department director Zaireezal Ahmad Zainuddin said it had begun cleaning drains wider than 1.5m, including monsoon drains, in preparation for the wet season.
“MPK oversees the bigger drains and council workers are currently cleaning two major monsoon drains in Taman Melawis; one parallel to Jalan Loyang along the railway track and another behind SMK Methodist ACS Klang, to prevent flash floods, ” he said.
Zaireezal urged residents to utilise the council’s bulk waste collection service for old furniture and garden refuse, instead of dumping them at road corners or into the monsoon drains.
“It is a free service, but we need people to take the initiative and call.
“Some people think it is MPK’s duty to collect rubbish and bulk waste wherever they dispose of them, ” he said.