SPECIAL PROJECT WITH UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM (UNEP)
Smart sanitation for water settlements - Love your nature, prosper your community.
Action Caring Team Malaysia (ACT Malaysia), a member of the the Global Wastewater Initiative program, has received special funding from the United Nations to complete a special pilot demonstration project called the Smart Sanitation for Water Settlements from 1st August 2020 to 31st March 2021.
The pilot project utilizes the Independent Sewerage Treatment Plant (ISTP) developed by a team of researchers from Universiti Putra Malaysia led by Prof. Dr. Rahinah Ibrahim. In the pilot project, ACT Malaysia collaborates with researchers from Universiti Putra Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Sabah. It involves installing 10 ISTP tanks and training 10 local villagers at the Lok Urai water village adjacent to the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park near Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. ISTP technology is a 360 L modular wastewater treatment technology that discharges SPAN Standard A treated wastewater into water bodies after 7 hours of treatment time. This demonstration project tested the feasibility of the ISTP wastewater treatment technologies in an ocean environment. The results will help UNEP to develop local policies for the long term conservation of coastal water quality by empowering local communities to stop wastewater pollution into their natural environment. By reducing wastewater pollution, better quality water can sustain marine-related economies.