Commenting on GAB Foundation’s role in the initiative, Shagivarnam Ratnam, Head of Corporate Affairs, GAB Foundation, said, “The theme for this year’s World Water Day 2017 is “Why Waste Water”, which is focused on reducing and reusing wastewater. It aspires to reduce the global statistic of 80% of wastewater generated by society flowing back into the ecosystem without treatment or recycling. Unmanaged and improperly disposed waste are a major contributor to river pollution. Today’s initiative aims to stem this growing problem by integrating recycling and waste segregation practices at a grassroots level.”
The W.A.T.E.R (Working Actively Through Education and Rehabilitation) Project, was introduced in 2007. With an overall investment of over RM6.8 million since its inception, the project has educated and engaged over 30,000 people in preserving key water sources around the country.
In 2012, W.A.T.E.R Project had donated 20 grease traps in a pilot project at Kinta, Perak with 10 units installed at schools and another 10 provided to food operators in the area. These installations have mitigated the pollution of water sources and its success has led to the expansion of the programme with the launch of today’s initiative.