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Saturday, 13 January 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM

Saving water one drop at a time

JOHOR BARU: A group of students from SMK Tengku Mahmud Iskandar in Tangkak went the extra mile to conserve water at their school resulting in huge savings in their water bill.

Besides saving money, the students spread the message on the importance of water conservation to their families, friends and their local community.

Teacher Mohamad Ridzuan Ali said previously the school used clean tap water for all their school activities.

“Nowadays, we have turned to rainwater harvesting and use it for toilets and pumping river water as well as plants and cleaning certain areas in the school.

“This reduced our monthly water bill from about RM3,000 to about RM1,000,” he said.

Mohamad, who is also the school’s student leaders board (SLB) coordinator, said about 30 SLB members set up booths in nearby areas and night markets to educate the public on the need to conserve water.

“There is a special area within the school to educate our 1,400 school students on the importance of water conservation and its benefits,” he said.

For their efforts, SMK Tengku Mahmud Iskandar was selected as the winner in a competition to conserve water organised by SAJ Ranhill Sdn Bhd.

The school won RM7,000 along with a certificate and trophy.

SAJ Ranhill chief executive officer Datuk Ahmad Faizal Abd Rahman said since the awareness programme started in 2010, about 18,000 students have benefited from the programme.

This year, 4,400 students from 33 schools participated in the programme, which involved various activities including water stories, raw water sampling, quizzes, awareness talks and water conservation techniques at schools.

Based on their findings, he said most of the schools that participated in the campaign were able to reduce their water consumption by about 20%.