SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

This SDG focuses on ensuring a clean and stable water supply and effective water sanitation for all people by the year 2030. The goal is a reaction to the fact that many people throughout the world lack these basic services.

Sunway University is committed to conserving water resources through planning, development, and management of the scarce resource.



Sunway University manages our water supply by providing alternatives to existing water supplies that can enhance water security, sustainability, and resilience.

Water Efficiency and Reuse

Staff, students and our campus community are encouraged and taught to manage water efficiently and sustainably

Water and the Community


6.2 Water consumption per person

6.2.1 Measure the total volume of water used in the university that is taken from mains supply, desalinated, or extracted from rivers, lakes, or aquifers?

Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor), is the water concessionaire company supplying treated water to the state of Selangor as well as the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya in Malaysia. Raw water sourced mostly from surface water collected by dams, lakes and rivers, is treated at designated water treatment plants. 
Air Selangor is a state owned company.


6.2.2 Volume of water used in the university: Inbound (treated/
extracted water)

Volume of water in the University is tracked and recorded 

6.3 Water usage and care

6.3.1 Wastewater treatment
A process in place to treat wastewater.

The University’s wastewater is treated to remove harmful microbiological contaminants and channeled for industrial non-potable use. 

This wastewater treatment is entirely outsourced to the national sewerage company, Indah Water 
Konsortium (IWK), which can be further seen in the link provided.

IWK employs multiple stages of treatment to remove suspended solids and organic matter. Resultant effluent from domestic sewage treatment is low in solids and organic matter. Effluent meets 
standards set by the Malaysian Environmental 
Quality Act 1974.

6.3.2 Preventing water system pollution
Processes to prevent polluted water entering the water system, including pollution caused by accidents and incidents at the university.

Laboratory waste is disposed of twice a year. Waste amount is measured and recorded, prior to disposal.

The waste is then packaged, labelled for identification and stored at a centralised chemical waste storage facility. Laboratory waste at our University are categorized according to Department of Environment (DOE) guidelines. A licensed contractor will handle each type of waste according to the required treatment. 

6.3.3 Free drinking water provided
Provide free drinking water for students, staff and visitors (e.g. drinking water fountains).

Free drinking water is provided to the campus 
community and visitors. A heavy-duty water boiler 
which serves 25 cups of hot water for beverages at 
any one time is provided in every department's 
pantry. Water stations are placed at high traffic open 
areas on the Ground Floor & Level 1 for the campus 
community & visitors. It's provided free of charge and is accessible to anyone within the campus.
Water coolers are placed at the corridors of buildings, accessible at all hours.

6.3.4 Water-conscious building standards
Apply building standards to minimise water use

With high-efficiency chillers and water-efficient fittings, Sunway University has embedded resource-efficient designs into our building standards.

6.3.5 Water-conscious planting
Plant landscapes to minimise water usage. (e.g. use drought-tolerant plants)

The campus greeneries are drought-tolerant plants that require minimal irrigation - in place since 2015.


Sunway University is also grounds for FutureXFarm – an initiative to promote urban farming which adopts vertical farming principles that uses 90% less water compared to traditional farming methods.
An urban farm reduces the need for long distance\transport, packaging food in layers of protective material whether paper or plastic, and has numerous wellbeing effects for city dwellers.

6.4 Water usage and care

6.4.1 Water reuse policy
Have a policy to maximise water reuse across the university?

The University policy for Water Re-use is embedded within the "Environmental Sustainability Policy" (page 5) which is accessible through our open policies page.

Sunway University’s Environment Sustainability policy states under the Water Security and Management section that,  “Sunway University will use harvested rainwater for landscape irrigation” (page 4)

6.4.2 Water reuse measurement
Measure the reuse of water across the university?

With effect July 2020, the University is connected 
to two separate sources of water supply –
municipal and treated lake water.



6.5 Water in the community

6.5.1 Water management educational opportunities
Provide educational opportunities for local communities to learn about good water management

Free educational opportunities

In collaboration with local NGO – Free Tree Society KL, the University provided free educational opportunities to the local community by incorporating education about good water management. The focus of one session in 2022 was on rainwater harvesting. 

Sunway’s Master in Sustainable Development Programme aims to empower individuals and organisations to develop innovative solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in actionable ways in their specific sectors or areas of work. Subjects focused on water resources and Earth's Climate system.

6.5.2 Promoting conscious water usage
Actively promote conscious water usage on campus, and in the wider community

Sunway University carries out an all-year round Water saving Campaign to promote efficient and thoughtful practices when handling water.

We also host educational activities throughout the year to encourage students to be more conscious of their water usage.

6.5.3 Off-campus water conservation support
Support water conservation off campus

The School of Medical and Life Sciences collaborated with a local developer to examine the water quality of South Quay Lake, and to provide scientific basis and predictions on long-term solutions for maintaining and improving lake water quality – through hydrological and ecological 

6.5.4  Sustainable water extraction on campus
Where water is extracted (for example from aquifers, lakes or rivers) utilise sustainable water extraction technologies on associated university grounds on and off campus.

Sunway University receives water supply from the water treatment plant in South Quay Lake.
The state-of-the-art water treatment plant uses a hybrid of ultrafiltration (UF) and reverse osmosis (RO) processes to meet the quality standards of potable drinking water approved by the Ministry of Health. 

6.5.5 Cooperation on water security
Cooperate with local, regional, national, or global governments on water security.

Sunway University had cooperation on water security at local and national level in 2022. 

Locally, the University is involved in cooperation with a local developer to ensure that the lake water quality at two major lakes within the city are improved, as ongoing development occurs surrounding those lakes. 

Nationally, the University’s cooperation with the Malaysian government on the Water Sector Transformation Agenda 2040 (WST2040) aims to addresses water security issues in Malaysia.