GEORGE TOWN, Nov 25 – The Penang Green Council has conducted its very first Green Café Pocket Talk in the collaboration with the Penang Science Cluster at the Penang Science Café at Heritage in Wisma Yeap Chor Ee, China Street Ghaut here on Monday.
The invited guest speaker, Ms Low Pui San from Green Master Harvest Sdn Bhd has given the 34 attendees an insight on the impending global water crisis and how mankind will be affected by it in the years to come. Rainwater harvesting system might be a known solution to water shortage issues however not widely used.
Voda rainwater harvesting system is the first wall mounted and zero carbon rain collection system where it is uniquely designed to function merely on gravity without the electricity as well as to save space and construction costs. So far, Penang has yet to experience any water rationing since the Penang State Government has issued a directive to Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang (PBAPP) to “avoid water rationing at all costs” in 2014.
Penangites are recording a whooping amount of 298 litre per capita per day (l/c/d) as compared to the national average of 210 l/c/d in 2013. Currently, the target is to reduce our per capita consumption to 260 l/c/d as soon as possible. Penang records the lowest domestic water tariff at only RM0.32 per 1,000 litres which is less than 50% of the national average of RM0.66.
The introduction of Water Conservation Surcharge (WCS) in 2010 as a mechanism to discourage over-consumption in Penang. However, this WCS only affects domestic water consumers who use more than 35,000 litres per month. The current WCS is RM0.48 per 1,000 litres.