WWP – PBA River Awareness & Education Programme 21th June 2014

WWP – PBA River Awareness & Education Programme

21th June 2014

School: Methodist Boys School (Standard 1 to 6)

Venue: Water Fall Water Treatment Plant and Botanical Garden

Time: 8.00am – 12.30pm

Number of Participant: 33 students and 2 teachers


Water Watch Penang (WWP) invited Methodist Boys School to our River and Water Educational Programmers with their standard one to six students on 21th June. This time, 33 students were participated in this programme. The objective of this programme is to instil knowledge and raise awareness on the current issues pertaining water, river and environment as well as discovering and learning about importance of river and water education.

Students arrived at Water Fall Water Treatment Plant at 8.30 o’clock in the morning. The programme starts with the safety briefing by PBA staff and continued by the introduction of the water treatment process. Students hence visited to the water treatment plant to learn about the process of aeration, coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, disinfection and the water distribution system. After that, students travelled to Botanical Garden for next activity. After the refreshment about 15 minute, students were briefed on what are the physical, chemical and biological properties of river water. The students were also taught on the water cycle, source of Penang water and the importance of river protection in Penang. The students were taught how to conduct physical water samplings and 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 Botanical Garden.

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