MBSA introduces green technology to tackle floods

(From left) Fauzan, Wan Muhd Hisham, Zamani and MBSA councillor Muhammad Izuan Ahmad Kasim during the MOA signing ceremony at Wisma MBSA, Shah Alam.

TO counter flash floods in an environmentally friendly and inexpensive way, two construction products have been introduced by the Engineering Department of Shah Alam City Council (MBSA).

Composite Porous Concrete Slab (CPC slab) and Effective Microorganisms Composite Scupper Drain (EM-CSD drainage system) utilise a combination of environmentally friendly construction materials for the drainage and sewerage system.

Department senior assistant director and drainage section chief Datuk Feroz Hanif Mohamed Ahmad said these products were an admixture of concrete and had been tested by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), showing its properties having relatively identical strength to normal concrete.

“The CPC slab absorbs water efficiently during downpours.

“It replaces the steel grating covers on drains and is easy to clean.

“As for the EM-CSD drainage system, it creates a smooth flow which prevents water from stagnating in drains, hence eliminating mosquito breeding.

“Besides that, it also has a cooling effect compared to the previous drainage system and reduces the risk of sick building syndrome.

“The effective microorganisms utilised by EM-CSD drainage system is a product from Japan, discovered by Prof Dr Teruo Higa.

“It has been applied to numerous sectors such as agriculture and construction,” he said.

Feroz added that as of now, the areas undergoing drainage system upgrades in Shah Alam were Sections 31, 4, 28, U13 and U2.

MBSA and Selangor Industrial Corporation Sdn Bhd signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to collaborate in marketing these products. The ceremony took place at Wisma MBSA in Shah Alam, Selangor.

Shah Alam mayor Datuk Zamani Ahmad Mansor hopes this collaboration will improve research, development, commercialisation and training aligned to Industrial Revolution 4.0.

Selangor Industrial Corporation chief executive officer Wan Muhd Hisham Wan Hawari said it would help market these innovative products to be utilised for industrial projects.

“We hope to supply contractors around Selangor in efforts to provide a solution in drain and sewerage maintenance.

“The EM-CSD drainage system and CPC slab are strong and easily maintained while being inexpensive,” he added.

Zamani said the products would help local contractors while increasing MBSA’s revenue.

“Selangor Industrial Corporation will play a significant role in encouraging the use of these products,” he added.

Also present at the MOA signing were MBSA Engineering Department acting director Hanif Basree Abdul Rahman, Selangor Industrial Corporation marketing development general manager Fauzan Elham and MBSA councillors.

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