WITH a garden taking up about a third of her almost 500sqm property in Kampung Tunku in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Dr Yee Chow Fah ends up using a lot of water just to keep it lush.
A desire to reduce her water consumption and to go green prompted her to install a rainwater harvesting system six months ago. Two 900-litre water storage tanks now sit in her backyard, assuring her of an alternative source of water.
“I am quite pleased that I can harvest rainwater for the garden,” says the retired university lecturer.
The water is not suitable for consumption as it is not treated and she does not use it for the toilet since that will entail some construction work. “If the house was being built, it will be easier to do that but this was a completed house.”
She spent RM3,000 on the simple system and has seen her water bill dropping from around RM75 to RM35. But she asserts: “The main thing is greening the environment and not so much about profit. I don’t think I’ll recover the cost.”
In any case, her green effort has been duly rewarded – she received a RM200 reduction in her assessment bill under the Petaling Jaya City Council’s Low-Carbon Green Rebate Assessment Scheme.