Sunday, November 17

Workshop on polluted drain water

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Deric (right) showing some foreign visitors how to mix microorganisms into soil to make EM (effective microorganisms) mudballs used to naturally clean up polluted rivers and drains.

KOTA KINABALU: Nature lovers from in and around the city are invited to attend a microorganism workshop to learn fascinating new techniques on how to deal with polluted water in drains near home and schools, this Sunday.

The two-hour workshop (2pm-4pm) is organised by the Sabah Youth Council together with To Earth With Love, one of Sabah’s NGOs for environmental protection awareness.

SYC treasurer-general Deric Chiew Chin Chun who is also chairman of To Earth With Love, said the workshop will be held at the Composting Centre at Luyang Hall.

“It is aimed at creating greater awareness on environmental protection and conservation and it will teach participants how to use microorganisms to help treat polluted water in drains and rivers near their homes, workplace or schools.

“Participants will also learn how to turn everyday household ingredients into natural detergent as well as learn how left-over food can be treated to become natural fertilizer.

“It is an excellent programme for nature lovers and we want to invite all out there to come and join us,” said Deric, while stating that admission is free of charge.

SYC will also conduct another similar programme later this month for others who are not be able to attend this week’s session.

Those who are interested are urged to bring with them one liter of rice-rinsed water (water used to rinse rice) to learn how to turn it into natural detergent.

For more information on the workshop please contact Deric (016-8139933) or Sabah Youth Council (088-213559/017-8996559).

For the record, To Earth With Love was formed four years ago by Young Malaysians Movement (YMM) Sabah, Sabah Environmental Protection Association (SEPA) and Sabah Banking Employees Union.

It has since been active in various environmental clean-up efforts on polluted rivers and drains. It also conducts regular programmes to promote environmental protection and conservation awareness to the general public.