USM (BJIM) - Water Watch Penang River, Water and Environmental Awareness Programme

Date: 26th of January 2013

Venue: Taman Jajar

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Time: 8.30am-11.30pm

The first activity in the year 2013, Water Watch Penang (WWP) collaborated with USM in organizing ‘WWP River, Water and Environmental Awareness Programme’ in Penang on the 26th of January 2013. This programme is supported under the grant by the Division of Industry and Community Network (BJIM) USM for orphanage and community of Penang. A total of 18 students ranging from age 8 to 16 years old from the Wisma Yatim Laki-laki Islam participated in this programme which was held at Taman Jajar. 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. The programme was conducted by 2 facilitators from WWP.

As starters, the students were briefed on the introduction and objective of WWP. The students were also taught on the water cycle, source of Penang water and the importance of river protection in Penang. Next, the students were taught about natural and anthropogenic pollution on river. The students were taken for a river walk along the banks of the Dhoby Ghaut River which was part of the Sungai Pinang tributary to identity which kind of ‘waste’ poses threat to river protection. After 10 minutes of rest and refreshment, the students were taught on identification of types of acidic and alkaline water through observation and tasting method. The objective of this process is to teach the students that observation and experience are totally different in analysing the pH of any kind of water. Next the students were shown the method to perform physical river water sampling which includes the observation of river flow, pH (acidity/alkalinity), dissolved oxygen, and turbidity. It was found that the river is flowing well but is polluted with garbage. The river at Taman Jajar was also found to be acidic with a pH of 6.1 whereas the dissolved oxygen is very low with only 2.5 ppm. The activity ended with photo session and summarising on what they students have learnt on that day. 

 

USM (BJIM) - Water Watch Penang River, Water and Environmental Awareness Programme

Date: 28th of January 2013

Venue: Taman Jajar

Time: 8.30am-11.30pm

Water Watch Penang (WWP) again collaborated with USM in organizing ‘WWP River, Water and Environmental Awareness Programme’ in Penang on the 28th of January 2013. This programme is supported under the grant by the Division of Industry and Community Network (BJIM) USM for orphanage and community of Penang. This time, a total of 20 students ranging from age 8 to 17 years old from the Children Protection Agency participated in this programme which was also held at Taman Jajar. 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. The programme was conducted by 3 facilitators from WWP.

Firstly the students were briefed on the introduction and objective of WWP. The students were also taught on the water cycle, source of Penang water and the importance of river protection in Penang. Next, the students were taught about natural and anthropogenic pollution on river. The students were taken for a river walk along the banks Air Itam river which was part of the Sungai Pinang tributary to identity which types of pollution to the river. After 10 minutes of rest and refreshment, the students were taught on identification of types of acidic and alkaline water through observation and tasting method. The objective of this process is to teach the students that observation and tasting are totally different in analysing the level of pH of any kind of water. Next the students were shown the method to perform physical river water sampling which includes the observation of river flow, pH (acidity/alkalinity), dissolved oxygen, and turbidity. It was found that the river is flowing well but is polluted with garbage. The river at Taman Jajar was also found to be acidic with a pH of 6.4 whereas the dissolved oxygen is very low with only 2.3 ppm. The activity ended with photo session and summarising on what they students have learnt on that day.