TOT on Environmental Compliance Obligations for Sewage Treatment Plant Operations and Introduction to Climate Change

The Malaysian Capacity Development Network for Sustainable Water Management (MyCDNet) and Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd (IWK) have organized and conducted the TOT on Environmental Compliance Obligations for Sewage Treatment Plant Operations and Introduction to Climate Change, on 11 – 12 March 2020, held at Indah Water Training Centre in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

This TOT was organised with the objective to provide basic understanding and awareness on the current localised and global environmental issues, with an introduction to good environmental practices within the organisation; to provide latest updates on relevant environmental obligations pertaining to sewage treatment plant’s operations; and to provide the participants with the methodology for periodically evaluating its organisation’s environmental obligations to meet the commitment to compliances and regulations.

The one-and-half-day event was facilitated by experienced trainer Mdm Wani Mastura binti Mohamad, the Manager at the Environmental Management Unit of Indah Water Konsortium Sdn. Bhd. who has extensive experience in planning and leading environmental related projects for the organisation. Her responsibilities include overseeing preparations of Environmental Impact Assessment reports, Environmental Management plans, Post-monitoring reports as well as Hazard and Operability studies (HAZOP). She holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering) and a Bachelor in Biochemical Engineering. She is also a certified Internal Auditor for QMS ISO9001:2008 and EMS ISO14001:2004, and the internal trainer for Indah Water Konsortium Sdn. Bhd. for topics such as “HAZOP for Sewerage Industry” and “EIA for Sewerage Projects”.

The Network Manager of MyCDNet Dato’ Ir Lim Chow Hock opened the training with welcoming remarks and an introduction of MyCDNet and Cap-Net UNDP. Day 1 was a full day training covering the topics 1) Environmental Issues in Sewage Treatment & Compliance to Environmental Obligations, 2) Good Environmental Practices for Sewerage Industry Professionals, 3) Environmental Obligations and Regulations, and 4) Introduction to Climate Change, Greenhouse Gases Inventory and Reduction Strategy.

On Day 2, the participants visited the Indah Water Konsortium Regional Sewage Treatment Plant (RSTP) KL-Sungai Besi, which has been in operation since 1998 adopting the Modified Oxidation Ditch system to serve the Sungai Besi catchment area as its sewage treatment system. The effluent, which meets the Department of Environment’s strict regulations, is discharged back into the nearby Kuyoh River.

Feedbacks and comments from participants were very positive. The site visit to the sewage treatment plant was educational and interesting as it was a first for most of the participants because special permission is needed to visit sewage treatment plants here. Overall, the training was informative, lively and interactive.

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