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EVENT REVIEW Biogas and solar panels to generate electricity IWK adopts cutting-edge green technologies that benefitted the environment. The Pantai 2 RSTP (P2RSTP), the first underground treatment plant in Malaysia and the largest in Asia Pacific region is a good example where the government has successfully incorporated community friendly facilities within its critical infrastructure of sewage treatment plant. Industry leaders, experts and practitioners can learn from this to exchange ideas and experience for a sustainable and brighter future in water industry development. As sustainable development goals has been one of the most challenging agenda, the government will continue to invest heavily in both clean water and sanitation services for all to match the increasing demand for an efficient water and sewerage services due to rapid urbanization and economic development. With all strategies implemented, the government’s aim is to ensure 99% access to clean and treated water, 85% coverage of sewerage connected services in the urban areas and reduction of non-revenue water (NRW) to 31% by 2020. The P2RSTP which was upgraded to accommodate the needs of 1.423 million people in the Pantai catchment area and surrounding areas of Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya, has been further designed to maximise green energy recovery through installation of solar panels and biogas utilization. Apart from that, the plant is equipped with rainwater harvesting and final effluent reuse for nonpotable use. Speaking during the second ASIAWATER 2018 site visit to P2RSTP recently, Ms. Eliane Van Doorn, Business Development Director of United Business Media (M) Sdn Bhd (UBM), said the overall objectives of the technical visit is to get a better understanding of the importance of good sewerage services and to highlight the need for community engagement and support to further improve the sewerage system in the country. The first ASIAWATER 2018 visit was to Lembaga Air Perak (LAP) in August last year. “P2RSTP is a fine example of a good sewerage system”, she said. The largest of eight catchment areas within Kuala Lumpur covering an area of over 6,700ha, the main sewerage plant is built below the ground level while the sludge treatment facility is located above the ground level spanning over 1 7ha which also includes a recreational park and public amenities. Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd (IWK) which operates the P2RSTP plans to rationalise about 3,000 small and inefficient sewage treatment plants with larger capacities through the construction of regional and centralised plants with the incorporation of new green technologies. As for P2RSTP, its chief operating officer Mohamed Haniffa said because of the comprehensive technology that is being adopted now, IWK needs more energy to run the plant. The use of bio-effluent for landscape cleaning and irrigation purposes as well as the use of biogas and solar panels to generate electricity to support the plant operation and rainwater harvesting are among the cutting-edge green technologies adopted that benefitted the environment and was more user-friendly. The construction of the P2STP plant commenced on July 27, 2011, and completed in July 2015, costing RM983 million. AW 28 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 Asian Water

EVENT REVIEW GAB Foundation adds spark for greater change Tan Sri Saw Choo Boon, SPARK Foundation chairman GAB Foundation has rebranded to identify itself as Spark Foundation after ten years of continuously enriching communities in Malaysia. With its new identity, its focus now is to increase fostering strategic partnerships and fostering millennials in the areas of environmental conservation and education to bring about greater change. The foundation, which was established to support corporate social responsibility activities for Heineken, comes with a renewed vision to grow with local communities in the areas of environmental conservation and education through strategic partnerships for a better tomorrow. Spark foundation chairman Tan Sri Saw Choo Boon highlighted the new focus towards developing strategic partnerships. “We believe in the power of collaboration as effective change does not happen in isolation. Our W.A.T.E.R Project and English Enrichment Training Programme are exemplary programmes, evident that smart partnerships entail sustainable positive impact. In Malaysia, more than 90% of our water supply comes from rivers, yet only 58% of our rivers remain clean. We hope to get other like-minded partners on board to ignite greater change. Through innovation and passion of our people and communities, most importantly millennials, we can spark a change for a better environment,’’ he added. Renuka Indrarajah, trustee of the foundation and corporate affairs and legal director of Heineken added that the key successes in the last 10 years for the W.A.T.E.R project include transforming water quality of Sungei Way from Class IV-V to Class III and establishing River Care communities along five rivers in Malaysia - Sungei Way, Sungai Penchala, Sungai Senam, Sungai Buntong, Sungai Kledang. The English Enrichment Training Programme, which reaches out to educators in seven states, saw an improvement of between 40% - 60% to their beneficiaries in the areas of reading, listening and writing within three years. More than 465 educators from 230 schools were trained over the last six years. Reiterating further, she said with the recent and alarming study of the deficiency of global water supply by 2030 the foundation places water and river conservation as one of its core pillars. The foundation will focus on four core strategies as its way forward for the W.A.T.E.R project. It will promote the use of water conservation technologies to reduce stress on rivers, enhance improvement of wastewater management on project site, partner with relevant government agencies for the River of Life Public Outreach programme and empower stakeholders on project sites, especially millennials. The project sites are Sungai Penchala, areas in need East Malaysia, and Sungai Selangor in the pipeline. The foundation will continue to provide future generations’ access to learning opportunities and invest in educationbased projects across the nation. Indrarajah spoke of the iconic brewerys significant connection to the foundation via its sustainability strategy, “Brewing a Better World” (BaBW). One of the six pillars of our BaBW strategy is growing with communities. This is the mission of the fondation, and this is why the company has committed more than RM16 million over the last 10 years, and will continue to support its activity with additional RM1.5 million for this year, she said. With the official launch of the SPARK Foundation, members of the public can now sign up as volunteers or become a partner via the foundation website www. sparkfoundation.com.my. The foundation has released a compelling 1-minute #betheSPARKnow video to give the cause a supporting voice, featuring notable names Zher Peen, emcee and content creator, Ryan Matjeraie, radio host & content creator and Alena Murang, indigenous artist, musician and cultural activist. AW Guests interacting with SPARK Foundation installations Asian Water JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 29

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