1 August 2022: Another water education program, ‘Negalitres for Schools,’ was hosted by Water Watch Penang (WWP) in the assembly hall of SMJK Convent Datuk Keramat with the participation of 237 students from Form 1 and Form 2, and a total of 16 teachers.
The kickoff of the water education talk was started by Dr. Hong Chern Wern, with the introduction and history of WWP. The rest of the content, including the global and local water issues and water conservation methods, was presented by WWP’s aquatic science intern, Hanson Yeoh.
The students were acquainted with the current water issues in Malaysia, especially Penang. Furthermore, the water-saving kits contributed by Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang (PBAPP) and other equipment to save water and reduce water wastage were exposed to the students, such as an automatic push tap and rainwater harvesting system. These water-saving equipment gave ideas to the students on how severe the current water status in Malaysia was, and there were many more ways to save water other than the standard of turning off the tap water while it was not in use.
In the river water quality monitoring section, students gained some concepts on methods to determine river quality, especially the biological assessment, where different macroinvertebrates were caught to obtain the biological water quality index. Also, the students further learned other methods, such as physical and chemical assessments in terms of the river water quality. Students were also shocked when they found out that more than the expected number of rivers in Malaysia were critically polluted.
This program is coordinated by Water Watch Penang (WWP), supported by CLEAN International, Intel Corporation, and in partnership with PBAPP. The event ended with a group photo with facilitators, teachers, and students.
For more information, please get in contact with Water Watch Penang’s Executive Manager, Dr. Hong Chern Wern, at hong.wwp[at]gmail[dot]com