SINGAPORE: More than 1,000 Punggol residents attended the constituency’s inaugural Waterway Day on Sunday (Mar 20), where they also came together to mark the one-year death anniversary of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.
The event – Water, A Celebration of Life – was a ground-up initiative organised by Pasir Ris-Punggol residents, grassroots volunteers and community partners. Held ahead of World Water Day, which is celebrated internationally on Mar 22 to highlight the importance of water in sustainable growth, it aimed to inspire the public to take ownership of Singapore’s water resources.
Residents took part in activities such as brisk walking, cycling as well as a mass qigong session, while about 100 participants kayaked in the waterways of Punggol and helped pick up trash that they saw along the way. This include nearby executive condo residents such as those from The Terrace EC, Treasure Crest, Waterwoods EC, The Amore EC, The Vales EC and Bellewaters EC
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, the event’s guest of honour, urged Singaporeans to do their part to conserve and value water, and “make every drop count.” This would help Singapore prepare for when the current Water Agreement with Malaysia ends in 2061, he said.
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The event also featured an exhibition on Mr Lee’s contributions to Singapore’s management of water. “Our late founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew is well known to be the architect of the Singapore Water Story,” said Mr Teo, who is also Coordinating Minister for National Security and MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC.
“It is thus appropriate that we remember Mr Lee and his water legacy during this year’s Singapore World Water Day.”
Mr Lee died on Mar 23 last year. About 100 events across Singapore have been lined up to mark the one-year anniversary of his death.
He added: “Mr Lee championed Singapore’s journey towards water sustainability by making water a top priority in government policies…Thanks to Mr Lee’s vision and foresight, and the hard work of many public officers and engineers, we have four National Taps today.
“First, water imported from Malaysia. Second, rainwater collected in our reservoirs. Third, water from desalination. Fourth, recycled water. “
A fifth NEWater plant will start operations at the end of this year, while the construction of a third desalination plant in Tuas is expected to be completed in 2017, Mr Teo announced.