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Treat River water to facilitate orang asli (aborigine) community in Royal Belum

Helping the Underprivileged Community

This project will be carried out in Royal Belum Perak, specifically in Orang Asli settlements, Kampung Kelewang. There is no access to safe drinking water in Kampung Kelewang. Orang Asli in Kampung Kelewang are very primitive where they will relocate from one place to another when the food supply runs out. This has caused difficulties on Department of Orang Asli Development (JAKOA) in conducting a census on the Orang Asli population.For the past two years, JAKOA has to take a boat every day and repeatedly to the waterfall for the Orang Asli to consume clean water. This consumed significant amount of time, effort, and money (boat engine oil). Hence, for this project, we are going to conduct water analysis as there is no data on the water quality index (WQI) in Sungai Kelewang. After we have identify the water quality index, we will going to construct Mini Surface Water Treatment Plant using Slow Sand Filter (SSF) and educate Orang Asli community in Kampung Kelewang on how to conduct the backwash step by themselves.Construction of Mini Surface Water Treatment Plant using Slow Sand Filter (SSF) is showed in Figure 1 below:Figure 1 : Schematic diagram SSF water treatment system 

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Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Shah Alam
RM 312.50
Goal: RM 312.50
Fund Approved by MSF: RM 4,000.00

Overview of Issue / Background

This project will be carried out in Royal Belum Perak, specifically in Orang Asli settlements, Kampung Kelewang. There is no access to safe drinking water in Kampung Kelewang. Orang Asli in Kampung Kelewang are very primitive where they
will relocate from one place to another when the food supply runs out. This has caused difficulties on Department of Orang Asli Development (JAKOA) in conducting a census on the Orang Asli population.

For the past two years, JAKOA has to take a boat every day and repeatedly to the waterfall for the Orang Asli to consume clean water. This consumed significant amount of time, effort, and money (boat engine oil). Hence, for this project, we are going to conduct water analysis as there is no data on the water quality index (WQI) in Sungai Kelewang.
After we have identify the water quality index, we will going to construct Mini Surface Water Treatment Plant using Slow Sand Filter (SSF) and educate Orang Asli community in Kampung Kelewang on how to conduct the backwash step by
themselves.

Construction of Mini Surface Water Treatment Plant using Slow Sand Filter (SSF) is showed in Figure 1 below:

Figure 1 : Schematic diagram SSF water treatment system

 

Project Objectives (Vision & Mission)

  1. To identify the water quality index (WQI) river in Royal Belum Perak.
  2. To develop mini surface water treatment plant for the Aboriginal community at Kampung Kelewang for them to have clean water access.

Project Details (Activities and Tasks)

  1. Identify the water quality index: In order to determine the suitable material for filter medium and how many layers of filtration needed, we need to identify Sungai Kelewang falls in what classification of river.
  2. Construct Mini Surface Water Treatment Plant using Slow Sand Filter (SSF): We will design the sand filter with suitable material and test it until it achieves the drinking water quality standard.
  3. Educate the Orang Asli community how to conduct backwash step by themself: Orang Asli Community in Kampung Kelewang are very primitive, hence we will provide less and simple step of backwash so that it will not burden them.

Expected Project Result & Outcomes

Our expected project results and outcomes are as below:

  1. Managed to identify the water quality index (WQI) river in Royal Belum Perak (This is crucial for us to determine the river classification before any treatment).
  2. Able to supply clean access water to facilitate orang asli (aborigine) community in Royal Belum. 
  3. At least 2-3 people in Kampung Kelewang understands, acknowledges and can handle the backwash step (Backwash is a preventive measure to maintain the conditions of filter media). 

We as students are familiar with the process, previously I had undergoes my internship at Lembaga Air Perak as production trainee (Responsible in the quality of water before being distributed to consumers). Moreover, our supervisor’s expertise are wastewater engineering and water management, hence we believed that this project will be done successfully.

 

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