Water quality competition draws increasing interest from schools

Students being briefed by a Water Watch Penang member during the training session at Dataran Taman Rimba in Cherok To’kun, Bukit Mertajam.

TWENTY-NINE secondary schools from Seberang Prai have registered for a water quality quiz competition which will be held at Juru Auto City in November.

Winners will take home cash prizes.

The competition is jointly organised by the Seberang Prai City Council in collaboration with Water Watch Penang and Universiti Sains Malaysia to raise water quality awareness among students.

Councillor Michael Tan, who launched a training session at Dataran Taman Rimba in Cherok To’kun, Bukit Mertajam, said water quality training had been conducted since 2017 with increasing participation.

“Only six schools took part in 2017 compared with 29 schools this year, ” he said.

Tan thanked Water Watch Penang for providing the training.

He also thanked Zerex Resources (M) Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Gu Han Weng for sponsoring the cash prizes.

Auto-City managing director Gary Teoh Kiang Hong was also thanked for offering the Smart Hall in Auto City for the water quality quiz competition.

“Their support in strengthening awareness of environmental preservation among schools across Seberang Prai is very much appreciated, ” he said during the launch.

During the training session, teachers and students from the registered schools were exposed to theory and physical training.

Tan said the council strived to promote a healthy community by balancing environmental issues with economic and social development.

Tan said water was a key source of life that must be protected.

“I hope the competition will raise students’ interest in environmental conservation.

“This is an important starting point for forming a society that cares for the environment.

“Support from society is needed to make Seberang Prai a low-carbon and smart city by 2022, ” added Tan.

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