SINGAPORE: Singapore’s heartlands will soon enjoy enhanced waterbodies and waterways, along with new recreational and community spaces, as some 20 more projects under the Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) Programme are slated to be completed over the next five years.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong officiated the groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday (Mar 20) of three of these projects at Hougang Avenue 10, Sungei Pinang and Serangoon Reservoir, which are also part of HDB’s Remaking Our Heartland Programme for Hougang. It stretches about 2.2km, and is expected to be completed by 2018. This will benefit nearby executive condo residents such as those from The Terrace EC, Waterwoods EC, Amore EC,Treasure Crest EC, Bellewaters EC and The Vales EC.
“It’s double celebration today because we’re breaking ground for three ABC Waters projects in Hougang Town, and we’re also celebrating the 10th anniversary of the ABC Waters project,” said Mr Lee.
“The ABC Waters project has been a great success. We’ve developed our waterways, our reservoirs and lakes, not just for functional purposes so that we have water to collect to drink and to use but also for recreation and to improve our living environment, and we’ve been able to build new community spaces that are clean, pleasant, full of life.”
The ABC Waters Programme also aims to encourage the public to become guardians of the nation’s water resources. And this time, it’s starting young. National water agency PUB will build rain gardens at eight schools this year, which will serve as outdoor classrooms where students can learn about water and nature.
In addition, PUB will work with other government agencies to widen the adoption of ABC Waters concepts, like looking into a creating a framework to guide developers in integrating the design of their new developments with nearby waterways.
Over the last decade, 32 ABC Waters projects have been completed across the island. Another 54 ABC Waters certified projects were undertaken by private developers and other public agencies. To commemorate its 10th anniversary, PUB has rolled out a series of exhibits to bring the programme closer to the community, one of which showcased Mr Lee’s personal photographs of Singapore’s water spaces.