GEORGE TOWN, Apr 4 – A forum on water demand management in Penang, World Water Day 2017, to be held on 5th April 2017 (Wednesday), 4pm to 6pm at Penang Institute Conference Hall. World Water Day is held annually on March 22nd as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater (a specific theme is assigned each year corresponding to a current or future challenge affecting water sustainability).
In line with the World Water Day 2017, Penang Institute is organising a forum titled “Water Demand Management” on April 5th2017. Water demand management is essential in Penang as this state is facing water concerns. Presently, the challenge faced by Penang is securing a reliable raw water source. It was estimated that 80% of the Penang water supply comes from the Muda river in Kedah.
The Muda river can only sustain Kedah and Penang’s raw water needs until year 2020. The demand for water in Penang is also expected to increase with the increase in human population, urbanisation and rapid development. Thus, it is evident that effective water demand management is imperative for Penang to sustain its water needs.
The forum will host Dato’ Ir Jaseni Maidinsa, CEO of PBAPP and Professor Chan Ngai Weng, President of Water Watch Penang who will share their expertise and insights on achieving water sustainability in Penang. The forum will discuss on the importance of water conservation and demand management in Penang.
The aims of the forum are to create awareness amongst Penangites on the importance of water conservation and demand management and to highlight the key measures that can be taken to ensure water sustainability in Penang. Participants from governmental and non-governmental agencies, civil societies, universities, schools and members of the public are expected to attend this forum.
This forum provides an important platform for Penangites to share and discuss their ideas and concerns on water management in Penang. It serves to remind Penangites on the importance of water conservation to achieve water sustainability. For further information, please contact Miss Sri Vaitheki Ramasamy at 04 228 3306 ext 213/012 5744022 or via e-mail at [email protected].