PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad (PDB) together with its partner Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), continued its mission of providing sustainable clean water to those in need under its Corporate Social Responsibility programme, Water For Life. In its sixth year now, the programme today reached Kg Simpang Tiga located here following concerns on inadequate clean water supply due to low water pressure.
In response, PDB and MNS, alongside Department of Environment as well as Air Kelantan Sdn Bhd, carried out installation of 200 and 400-gallon water tanks for 39 houses complete with piping, filtration systems and water pumps to allow the 200 residents access to clean and uninterrupted water supply. Additionally, an awareness programme was also carried out to educate the residents on water conservation and health risk associated to unclean water consumption.
Speaking at the event, PETRONAS’ Vice President of Downstream Marketing Datuk Seri Hj Syed Zainal Abidin said, “The Water For Life programme is aimed at ensuring the communities residing in area which we operate are able to meet basic human needs for clean water.
After understanding the challenge faced by the residents of Kg Simpang Tiga, we feel the need to extend this programme here to help address the clean water shortage issue and improve their overall well-being. To date, we have assisted to provide clean water supply to 15 local communities,”
The Water For Life programme was initiated in 2013 to provide affected communities access to an uninterrupted supply of clean water. The project involves building the necessary infrastructure such as a water supply system, thus improving general sanitation, especially for residents living in rural areas.
At the same time, the programme serves to advocate water conservation amongst the locals to ensure its sustainability for years to come.
Commenting on the programme, Azehan Sulaiman, Head of Kg Simpang Tiga said, “We are very grateful for the assistance rendered by PETRONAS to address the water supply issue here and providing us with clean, filtered water.
We have been worried about the continuous interruption of water supply and how it affects the well-being of our residents. The facilities provided by PETRONAS and MNS are definitely great help to ease our villagers’ growing burden.”
Since 2013, the programme has reached out to over 6,000 residents from villages spread across 12 states of Malaysia.