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Awareness Level of Water Resource Conservation of University Students


  • Ellyson Elias Augustine

    (Center for Earth Sciences and Environment, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia.)

  • Marlia Mohd Hanafiah

    () (Centre for Tropical Climate Change System, Institute of Climate Change, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia.)


Water security is becoming one of Malaysia’s greatest issues of concern. This study aims to assess the level of awareness of students on the importance of water resources and their water conservation practices at 10 selected residential colleges, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). 500 questionnaires were distributed in 10 residential colleges in UKM. The data collected from the questionnaires were analysed in computer by using the software Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). The analysis conducted in the study include descriptive analysis (frequency, percentage, mean, median, crosstab) and correlation analysis by using Spearman’s Rho. The findings show that UKM students have high awareness level on water resource conservation. However, the implementation of water conservation practices is still low amongst the students. A comprehensive inventory, characterization and assessment of primary types of water-related energy consumption is recommended in future study to develop a comprehensive understanding of water-energy nexus as well as to enhance water conservation practices not only among university student but among the citizen of Malaysia as well.

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  • Ellyson Elias Augustine & Marlia Mohd Hanafiah, 2019. "Awareness Level of Water Resource Conservation of University Students," Water Conservation & Management (WCM), Zibeline International Publishing, vol. 3(2), pages 18-21, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:zib:zbnwcm:v:3:y:2019:i:2:p:18-21
    DOI: 10.26480/wcm.02.2019.18.21

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