Tuesday, April 26, 2016

World Water Day 2016 @ Air Itam Dam, Penang

Henry Tan | 8:45 AM |
World Water Day is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference. World Water Day dates back to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development where an international observance for water was recommended. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.

In celebration of World Water Day, Water Watch Penang (WWP) and Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang (PBAPP) co-organized World Water Day 2016 at Air Itam Dam Penang to increase the awareness on the importance of water conservation.

Road streamer can be seen along the way up to Air Itam Dam
Is the Super El Nino phenomenon making you crazy? Well, certainly it does to me that I could even sweat while sleeping at night! With such a blazing-hot weather, I believe most of you would have heard that the water level at the dam is running low and it could only last for a month. Thankfully that there are cloud seeding that help to create rain so that the dam still maintain at the same water level.  
57.2% water level at Air Itam Dam
Balloons were ready for opening ceremony
On World Water Day, people everywhere show that they care and that they have the power to make a difference. They get inspired by information and use it to take action and change things. 

Check out the official trailer for World Water Day 2016

Water Awareness Walk 
The event started with the Water Awareness Walk whereby participants took a walk around the dam. 

T-Shirt Collection for the Water Awareness Walk 
Everyone getting ready at the starting point
Off they go!
While the organizers are waiting at the ending point
There were roughly 10 exhibition booths located at the ending point which mainly focused on the environmental education. 

Face Painting
Application for Green Citizen
PBA demonstration on easy step to water saving
Explanation from MUDAH
Interesting display from Malaysia Nature Society’ about endangered species in Malaysia and the world’
Water Watch Penang booth
Water Watch Penang Booth giveaway Lenovo Ideapad for the "Guess Water Competition"
A lot people were interested in the water saving tips from PBAPP
One of the station games to educate the public about water issues and awareness in a fun way!
Drawing/Coloring Competition
These competition reminds me of my childhood too! 

Participant from Chung Ling Private School
He looks professional!
With Doraemon mini fan

His drawing really impressive!
Opening Ceremony
Last but not least, the opening ceremony! The World Water Day was officiated by the Deputy Chief Minister of Penang, YB Prof. Dr. P. Ramasamy Palanisamy. Prof Dr. Ramasamy Palanisamy represented The Chief Minister of Penang, YB Lim Guan Eng due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Welcoming of guests
Opening ceremony
Water for life!

Welcome speech Prof Dr. Chan Ngai Weng, President of WWP. Prof Chan Ngai Weng, 
again stressed on the importance of water conservation in Penang.
Speech by Dato Ir. Jaseni Maidinsa, CEO of PBAPP. 
PBAPP is the main sponsor for this event.
Opening speech by YB Prof Dr. P. Ramasamy, Deputy Chief Minister II
VIPs Booth Visit

Prof. Dr. P.Ramasamy shows his interest in water saving equipment, 
which could save up to 80% of daily water consumption!

Participating in coloring
And badge printing!
Prize Presentation 

Winners of the World Water Day T Shirt design competition
Winners of the Coloring and Painting Competition for Category E (Kindergarten students)
Winners of the Coloring and Painting Competition for Category D (Lower primary school)
Winners of the Coloring and Painting Competition for Category C (Upper primary school)
Winners of the Coloring and Painting Competition for Category B (Lower secondary school)
Winners of the Coloring and Painting Competition for Category A (Upper secondary school)
Group photo of all the winners
Winner of the Guess the Correct Amount of Water Competition. 
The winner walked off with a Lenovo Laptop.
The volunteers and organizing committees of the World Water Day 2016 
Through the event, the participants get to know more about water conservation and, most importantly, how to use water wisely. Given the very little of rainfall and the high rates of evaporation at the dam, it is essential for us to reduce our daily water consumption. With the global climate change, we can no longer take good continuous water supply for granted.

Save Water, Use Water Wisely!!!
The world is in your hand! 

To find out more about water conservation, visit Water Watch Penang.
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