Sungai Way (10.5 km length) originates from residential area at SS3 and SS9 which join together to forming the sub catchment of Sg Penchala river basin which feeds into Sg Penchala before flowing into main river of Sg Klang.
Despite the broad range of water related problems, the Sungai Way W.A.T.E.R Project (Working Actively Through Education and Rehabilitation) was conducted since 2007 and the water quality progressively improved. Through the education and rehabilitation programme, local community, industries as well as schools were trained and educated on the significance of the river snd its relation to them. Over the years, the local community worked closely in looking after the river and many schools were trained in order to increase their awareness and knowledge as well as teaching them the skill on how to monitor the river. Therefore, the programme was successful in reaching out to the targeted groups and achievement was significant. Thus, the same model shall be expanded to higher order of the river which is Sungai Penchala, the secondary river.
Penchala basin is one of the eight river basins in Selangor. Sungai Penchala is about 14km long with about 4km located within the jurisdiction of DBKL. It runs through urban area, industrial and residential area within Petaling Jaya before flowing into Klang River. As per many rivers in Malaysia, Sungai Penchala also faces many water related problems which occur due to improper management and inefficient use including:
high levels of water use for domestic and industrial use
reduction in quality of water supply
inefficiency and wastage in water usage
pollution of streams and rivers from industrial and domestic pollution
sewage pollution from retention ponds
lack of recreational areas with clean water resources
The river was selected under Living river programme (previously known as One State One River programme) under the initiatives of DID Malaysia to improve its river water quality. As DID Selangor and Federal Territories are adopting this river and currently looking into structural solution through hard approach, it will be wise for W.A.T.E.R project to support this project by conducting the river education programme via soft approach. Therefore, the same education model in Sungai Way can be applied on Sungai Penchala which targeted local community, schools and business to address these issues and engaged the target communities to understand the seriousness of the problem and initiate changes at their respective areas.