When the W.A.T.E.R Project was established in 2007, the Sungei Way river was classified as Class IV-V water quality index. The river was heavily polluted and no living organism could survive under such conditions. It took GAB Foundation, Global Environment Centre, government agencies and the local community three years to rehabilitate the river and improve the water quality of the river to Class III, making it suitable for living organisms.
Since its inception, the W.A.T.E.R. Project has educated and engaged over 16,000 people to preserve key water sources around the country, including Selangor, Penang and Perak. The initiative has also helped to raise awareness of the importance of river protection through training programmes and workshops, and the launch of a first-ever Handbook on River Management, as well as activities in the form of an annual River Carnival, the National River Forum and three dedicated River Care Education Centres.