Salcon Berhad-WWP River Awareness & Education Programme
14th July 2012 Lembah Kiara
Venue: Lembah Kiara Recreation Park
Water Watch Penang (WWP) which is a member of Malaysian Water Partnership (MyWP) has collaborated with Salcon Berhad in organizing ‘Water and River Education Awareness Program’ in Kuala Lumpur on the 14th of July 2012. A total of 35 primary school children accompanied by four teachers from SJK (T) Effingham (a Tamil Medium school) took part in this Salcon Berhad sponsored programme which was held at the “Lembah Kiara Recreation Park”, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. The programme was conducted by 4 facilitators from Water Watch Penang (WWP). As part of Salcon CSR programme, the main objective of the river water awareness programme is to educate the students as well as increase their understanding on the importance of river systems, the reckless human behaviour that could contribute to unhealthy water quality as well as awareness on current water issues in Malaysia.
Along the banks of the Penchala River, the students of SJK (T) Effingham were taught how to conduct physical water samplings and to carry out checks on micro-organisms found in the river during biological water samplings. Physical water sampling includes the testing of river flow and velocity, pH (acidity/alkalinity), dissolved oxygen, and turbidity. On the biological section which is the most looked-forward, the students were taught how to capture aquatic life and identify them according to a chart which indicates the level of cleanliness of the river in Taman Tun Dr Ismail.
After the morning refreshment interval, the students were treated to button-badge making session. They were required to colour on the design given for the badge and then the facilitators completed the button-badge by using a button-badge tool. Before the final wrap-up, the students were taught on ways and steps to save water in their daily activities. It is hoped that the students as well as the teachers will gain some insight and awareness on the importance of river and water conservation for the future generations as well as the current generations.