‘NEGALITRES FOR SCHOOLS’ – River and Water Education Programme at Penang Free School — 1st September 2022

1st September 2022: A water education programme, the “Negalitres for Schools” Programme was held by Water Watch Penang (WWP) on the 1st September 2022 at Penang Free School. The education session was participated by a total 30 students ranging from Form 2 to Form 5 from Kelab Pencinta Alam.

The education session was initiated by Dr. Hong Chern Wern, the Executive Manager of Water Watch Penang (WWP) who is also an old free. He first started by welcoming the students’ participation. He then continued with the organization’s vision and mission, activities that the organization has been involved in such as online/on-site training programme for educators, water treatment innovation programme, water advocate exhibition and etc.

Subsequently, Dr. Hong mentioned the fact that water we’re using in the present is identical to the water existed during the Mesozoic Era (Age of Dinosaurs). The only difference is the amount of clean water due to the emerging of water crisis around the globe. For instance, water pollution, climate change, human growth population and lack of water conservation. He further highlighted out of the entire water on the Earth, only 0.3% of available freshwater is potable where the remaining 97% is saline water (ocean). Also, he educated the students about Penang as the highest water consumer in whole of Malaysia.

Then, water quality monitoring methods which includes physical, chemical and biological evaluations. Our sense of smell, sight and some tools are in use for odour, water turbidity, temperature and river velocity analysis. While chemical composition present were tested with calorimetric ways along with aquatic macroinvertebrates captured helps reflect the water quality were introduced to the students.

This initiative was coordinated by WWP, in partnership with Intel corporation, CLEAN International and in collaboration with MBSP and PBAPP.

Kindly contact Dr. Hong Chern Wern, the Executive Manager of WWP, at hong.wwp@gmail.com for further information.


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