7 JUNE 2023 – Water Watch Penang (WWP) successfully conducted the ‘Negalitres for Schools’ River and Water Education Programme for students from SK Francis Light Penang on 7th June 2023. 

WWP Executive Manager Dr Hong Chern Wern commenced the talk by introducing WWP’s history, goals, and past activities. He also presented on the global, national and local water crisis, water facts, water conservation strategies, roles of rivers and other water-related issues.

A total of 200 students ranging from standard four to standard six participated in the programme from 11.10 am to 1.10 pm.

Furthermore, Dr Hong explained the proper way to use an automatic push tap and its purpose in reducing water wastage. The students were also introduced to other types of water-saving technologies and equipment such as slow-flow inserts for taps, ‘Washers’ by Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP), rainwater harvesting systems and dual flush toilets. Besides, Dr Hong taught the students ways to save water at school and home while highlighting the importance of using water wisely for environmental preservation.

Moreover, the students learned about river water quality monitoring using physical and biological assessments. They also watched some video clips of macroinvertebrates and learned how to identify them. In addition, the programme ended with a quiz where the lucky winners received T-shirts.

‘Negalitres for Schools’, launched on 22 March 2022, was coordinated by WWP, in partnership with Intel Corporation, CLEAN International and in collaboration with Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP) and PBAPP. This project is fully funded by CLEAN International Inc. and Intel Corporation as well as supported by the Ministry of Environment and Water and Penang State Education Department. The local partners involved are Penang State Government via Penang Green Council, PBAPP and Green Educators Workgroup (GREW).

For more information, please get in touch with WWP Executive Manager, Dr Hong Chern Wern, at hong.wwp@gmail.com or contact WWP at +60 19-575 1253.

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