River and Water Education Programme at SJK(C) Chung Hwa Pusat, Butterworth, Penang – 23rd September 2023

On September 23, 2023, Water Watch Penang (WWP) partnered with SJK(C) Chung Hwa Pusat for a compelling River and Water Education Programme during the school’s lively Mid-Autumn Festival Weekend Market from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. The programme attracted a diverse group of 28 participants, including children from kindergarten, primary and secondary students, working adults, and even some housewives who brought their children along.

The presentation commenced with Mr. Hanson Yeoh, WWP’s Programme Officer, providing an introduction to WWP’s historical background, vision, and its ultimate goal of fostering a water-saving society. Following this, Mr. Hanson Yeoh delved into a comprehensive discussion about the global, national, and local instances of water crises and their implications. During his presentation, he utilized the storybook “The Water Princess” to underscore the water crisis experienced by an African nation, emphasizing the importance of appreciating our access to clean drinking water every day. Notably, the kindergarten children in the audience were particularly captivated by this story.

Furthermore, Mr. Hanson urged participants to acquire the knowledge of significantly reducing their water consumption and lowering their water bills. He did this by sharing various water conservation strategies, underlining the fact that Penang faces a shortage of water supply and is considered a water-scarce state. Additionally, he pointed out that around 80% of Penang’s water supply originates from the Muda River in Kedah, which surprised the audience, as they had assumed that Penang always had an abundant and sufficient water source.

In support of these efforts, WWP distributed slow-flow attachments for faucets, also referred to as ‘Washers’ by PBAPP, to participants, along with detailed installation instructions. This initiative aimed to reduce water wastage and promote responsible water usage. Before wrapping up the programme, Mr. Hanson conducted a quiz session with the participants, rewarding those who answered correctly with prizes such as mugs, coloring books, and collapsible water bottles.

For additional information, please reach out to WWP’s Executive Manager, Dr. Hong Chern Wern, at hong.wwp@gmail.com, or contact WWP directly at +6019-5751253.

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