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Four organisations and individuals were recognised for their efforts in protecting Singapore's water resources and promoting water sustainability.
SINGAPORE: Four organisations and individuals were recognised for their efforts in protecting Singapore's water resources and promoting water sustainability.
They will receive the Watermark Award from Grace Fu, Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, at the Singapore Environment and Water Awards at the Marina Barrage on 24 September.
A group of students from Compassvale Secondary School know how to test for oxygen and acidity levels in water as part of activities on the Sengkang Floating Wetland learning trail.
This is part of efforts by Compassvale Secondary School to promote water sustainability. The school is one of the winners of PUB's annual Watermark Award.
Jolene Ong, a student of Compassvale Secondary, said: "I started to enjoy the process of helping to save the environment, in promoting awareness on saving our resources, because we know that water is a precious resource of Singapore."
Singapore is a water-scarce island with little land to collect and store rainwater. The country also faced drought, floods and water pollution in the early years of nation-building.
With the awards now into its seventh year, PUB hopes to get more people to contribute towards water sustainability.
Mathematics teacher, Lim Bin, is a key driver of her school's environmental initiatives, including its waterway adoption programme.
Ms Lim, who teaches at Woodgrove Secondary School, said: "In the first few years, when we wanted to adopt a waterway, we realised that around our school, there is no waterway for us to adopt at all. We wanted to have outdoor learning for the students because we believe that students can learn more beyond the classroom.
“We worked with PUB, and they found that Sungei Sembawang is a feasible plot. Many of our students live in Admiralty, Sembawang area, so for them it is no problem."
Two companies in the manufacturing sector were also recognised for their efforts to improve water efficiency.
George Madhavan, director of 3P Network at PUB, said: “We have got two winners from the manufacturing industries. In Singapore, what we've noticed is that water consumption for the non-domestic sector has been on the rise. With these two Watermark Award winners, they are really outstanding advocates for water recycling. Our hope is for them to inspire other companies in the manufacturing industries to come on board to also increase their water recycling rate."
Philips Lumileds, which is part of Philips Lighting, has built a waste water reclaim system, which allows it to recycle 43 per cent of its used water.
Gary Munro, general manager at Philips Singapore, said: "It makes good business sense as well. That reduction and consumption that we've had as a consequence of the recycling that we do saves us in the order of 1 to 1.5 million (US) dollars a year. That's a lot of money."
Systems on Silicon Manufacturing Company is another winner.
It was the first wafer fabrication company in Singapore to use NEWater for wafer processing in 2003.
It invested in a system to recycle waste water used by their scrubber systems last year.
The measures are starting to show results. The company can now recycle 68 per cent of its used water.
It has managed to save some 1 million cubic metres of water yearly - about 400 Olympic-sized swimming pools.