In 2013, the project was initiated in Perak to address pollution issues along Sungai Kinta. It then focused on educational outreach programmes to raise awareness on river care to local communities along the three tributaries of Sungai Kinta – Sungai Senam, Sungai Buntong and Sungai Kledang – after the Foundation’s success in Selangor, where the water quality in Sungei Way was improved from Class IV-V (extremely polluted) to Class III (suitable for living organisms).
The Foundation has invested RM1.6 million in Perak over the last six years and more than RM8 million was invested over the past 10 years in the programmes under W.A.T.E.R Project.
The momentous event was attended by Mr Shagivarnam G. Ratnam, Representative from SPARK Foundation and Head of External Affairs, HEINEKEN Malaysia, who presented certificates of appreciation while Dr. K. Kalithasan, GEC River Programme Manager, presented the water testing kit to the Foundation’s smart partners. An appreciation cheque worth RM10, 000 from SPARK Foundation was also presented to the local communities to organise a three-day, two-night empowerment trip to Kampung Sukunan, Yogjakarta, Indonesia to learn best management practices such as community based centre of composting, recycling crafts, environmental friendly house, methane and rainwater harvesting system, wastewater treatment facilities, and other aspects on eco-tourism. The empowerment trip will also include a day trip to Bantargebang Landfill to learn integrated solid waste management.