I am confident to say 99% of flash floods in our cities and towns are due to drain clogging problem. Abnormal weather with heavy pour is rare incident.
As a matter of fact, cleaning drains regularly with the powerful vacuum tanker is a SOP in all cities in America.
I have suggested to import vacuum tanker several years ago in my blog, only Muhammad Ali Rustam is heeding my humble advice now.
Multi billion SMART project will not alleviate flooding in KL city without regular cleaning on clogged drains and flood channels.
Penang government should buy vacuum tankers as the proactive measure to prevent flash flooding in Georgetown.
Cleaning up Jonker Walk with vacuum tanker
By LEO ARROKKIASAMMY
MALACCA: A newly-acquired sludge vacuum tanker was the highlight during the recent cleaning operation launched to spruce-up famous Jonker Walk here.
Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (PPSPPA) in collaboration with SWM Environment and Malacca Historical City Council launched the operation which saw the deployment of 25 workers and the sludge vacuum tanker known as ‘Ultra Whack Truck’.
PPSPA state director, Zainuddin Abdul Samad said the operation also sets as a pilot ‘test-run’ for the tanker which is the first of its kind in Malaysia.
Checking it out: Zainuddin (in orange vest) and Mahadi (left) inspecting the functioning of the sludge vacuum tanker.
“We will clean up the Jonker Street area which is the main tourist belt in the state using the ‘Whack All Truck’, subsequently extending to other tourist spots.
“As a Tourism State, we will ensure all the popular locations are always clean and tidy. We will acquire two more of this truck by end of August which cost RM700,000 each,” he said.
SWM Environment Malacca branch manager, Mahadi Abd Talib said the truck was designed for heavy street debris cleaning which includes heavy wet leaves, stones, sand, building bricks, cans and other similar materials.
“Any clogged up drain can be cleared very effectively, thus eliminating unpleasant odour as well.