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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 2:59 pm    Post subject: Two new reservoirs to boost Singapore's water supply Reply with quote

SINGAPORE - Singapore's water supply has been increased with the opening of Punggol and Serangoon reservoirs, bringing the number of reservoirs here to 17.

Created by the damming of Sungei Punggol and Sungei Serangoon, the two reservoirs will also bring waterfront living to Singapore's north-eastern heartlands.

Along with Marina Reservoir, Singapore's water catchment areas has increased from half to two-thirds of the Republic's land area.

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, who officiated at the opening yesterday, said the two reservoirs will enhance Singapore's "water self-sufficiency and sustainability".

In addition, the Punggol and Serangoon reservoirs are expected to transform the heartlands of Singapore's northeast.

The PUB is working with the People's Association to run watersports programmes at these reservoirs.

Yesterday, the PUB launched its ABC Waters Learning Trail @ Sengkang Floating Wetland, an experiential learning trail focused on water and biodiversity.

Students from Anchor Green Primary, Fernvale Primary and Nan Chiau High School, some of the six schools which have adopted Punggol Reservoir, will explore the sciences, geography and national education on the man-made floating wetland.

Lorong Halus Wetland, too, along Serangoon Reservoir has become a "popular" recreational hotspot, noted Mr Balakrishnan.

The former landfill not only collects and filters water before it flows into the reservoir, but it has developed into a natural habitat teeming with wildlife and fauna.

Said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who was present at yesterday's opening ceremony: "The concerns of my residents then was that it was an active landfill site, (so) it's wonderful to see that just within 15 years it's now a wonderful recreational area, it's a multi-use reservoir - people can enjoy the water centre here."

Asked about the future of Lorong Halus as the wetlands is not a gazetted nature area and with plans to turn the wetlands into an industrial park, Mr Teo said: "We have to see what we can make use of it for in the long term. In the meantime, it will be a wonderful lung for the people living in Pasir Ris as well as in Punggol, connected by the bridge and united by this reservoir."

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