On March 26, 2024, Water Watch Penang (WWP) successfully conducted the ‘Negalitres for Schools’ River and Water Education Programme at SMJK Jit Sin. The programme engaged 478 students from Form 2, along with 4 teachers, running from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Mr. Hanson Yeoh, the WWP Programme Officer, along with assistance from interns – Mr. Dane Lim Chiu Tong, Ms. Nur Atiqah Binti Roslan, and Ms. Nur Fatin Azahara, initiated the session with an enlightening presentation. This presentation offered insights into the organization’s history, objectives, and previous projects. Subsequently, the students were introduced to the global water crisis, followed by discussions on national and local water crises.

Next, Mr. Hanson emphasized that despite Penang’s limited water resources and the lowest water tariff, it has the highest water consumption in Malaysia. The students were introduced to the main dams in Penang, and it was highlighted that the primary sources of water supply in Penang are from Sungai Muda in Kedah. These facts enhance the students’ understanding as residents of Penang, deepening their awareness of the state’s water challenges.

Moreover, Mr. Hanson drew attention to a variety of water-saving strategies applicable to both the school and students’ homes, with the goal of enhancing their comprehension of water conservation. This involved emphasizing the significance of the installed automatic push water taps in their school, which effectively contributes to water conservation efforts. The presentation concluded with an interactive session, enabling students to calculate their individual water consumption using their water bills.

Throughout the educational session, quizzes were integrated, and those who answered correctly were rewarded with Water Watch Penang’s mugs as tokens of appreciation.

Water Watch Penang expresses gratitude to SMJK Jit Sin for granting permission and cooperating in facilitating this educational talk at their school.

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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