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WORLD NEWS Heineken installs rainwater harvesting systems in Malaysia Source: NST In line with its global sustainability strategy of ‘Brewing a Better World’, Heineken Malaysia Berhad in collaboration with Kupikupifm have installed rainwaterharvesting systems at three centres in Sabah: Balai Raya Koidupan, Dewan Nagashiba in Penampang and Balai Raya Kampung Pinawantai in Kudat. This initiative will positively impact the lives of more than 2,300 people within the communities. Elaborating on the company’s approach to the initiative, Shagivarnam Ratnam, Head of Corporate Affairs, Heineken Malaysia, said: “We are as passionate about the quality of our products as we are about the communities and environment that surrounds us. The rainwater-harvesting project we are presenting today is a step forward in our commitment in Sabah, in the area of water conservation. Through this system, we are able to increase access to clean water for the communities in these areas” The company aims to empower communities to conserve water by providing them with an alternative source of potable water. The systems installed at the respective communities consist of two 800 gallons water tanks with a maximum storage capacity of over 6,000 litres enabling potential savings of more than to 100,000 gallons of water annually. “Today’s launch is just the first step in our efforts to grow with the communities here in Sabah and to protect water resources in East Malaysia. Stemming from this success, we are excited to announce that 2018 will see us expand upon this initiative to reach out to even more communities within the state,” Mr Shagivarnam added. Speaking at the launch, guest of honour, Yang Berbahagia Datuk Francis Goh, Division Head of MCA Penampang, said, “This collaboration demonstrates the power of smart partnerships and it is important that other organisation emulate this way of working for the benefit of developing local communities through meaningful initiatives.” Utilising pre-existing roofs as catchments for rainwater, the systems employ a two-stage filtration system to ensure clean and potable water for the communities that can be used in a variety of daily activities including cleaning, washing clothes, cooking and drinking. The rainwater harvesting systems will also function as a secure backup in the event of water scarcity and aid in decreasing stormwater runoff, thereby helping to reduce local flooding. Commenting on their involvement in the initiative, Lester Calvin Miol, Programme Manager, Kupikupifm, said: “As a Sabah-based organisation, we are steadfast in our commitment to the communities here. We have a growing track record of aiding the local communities through innovative and impactful initiatives and are proud to have partnered with Heineken Malaysia to successfully implement this rainwater harvesting initiative and bring greater access to water to the communities here.” In the past, Heineken Malaysia, through the flagship W.A.T.E.R (Working Actively Through Education and Rehabilitation) Project, adopted five rivers, invested close to RM7 million, and successfully reached out to over 25, 000 Malaysians since 2010. AW 6 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 Asian Water

WORLD NEWS Black & Veatch Wins Innovation and Creativity Award in Hong Kong Black & Veatch has won the 2017 Hong Kong Awards for Industries: Innovation and Creativity Grand Award. The award recognises the company’s role as the hydraulic designer of the recently completed Happy Valley Underground Stormwater Storage Scheme (HVUSSS) for the Drainage Services Department of Hong Kong SAR (DSD). The HVUSS is an example of how Hong Kong is rethinking stormwater management. A 60,000m3 capacity underground storage tank was built below the famous Happy Valley Recreational Ground. The tank temporarily stores stormwater during peak times, relieving pressure on the drainage system and integrating real-time data of water and tidal levels. “The award reflects how DSD is embracing innovation and smart city technologies to overcome climate change and urban density challenges,” said Andy Kwok, Director, Black & Veatch in Hong Kong. “Rather than digging deeper drains, the scheme integrates realtime data to act like a release valve during rainstorms, and the new thinking saved the city money and avoided major public disruption along a busy highway.” Over the last 50 years, infill development and extension of the urbanised areas into Hong Kong’s foothills have significantly increased runoff and flood risks while rainfall intensity has become more unpredictable. In August 2000, April 2006 and June 2008 severe flooding occurred in Happy Valley and its adjacent area during heavy rainstorm events. Black & Veatch and the Drainage Services Department of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (DSD) also received the 2012 Planning Award for International Water Association’s East Asia region for the HVUSSS. AW Asian Water JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 7

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