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New centre to improve water quality

3 July 2008


PUBLIC OUTREACH: The proposed ASC@Sg Ulu Pandan will include an interactive showcase of urban freshwater research projects and technologies for public education.

THE Aquatic Science Centre at Sungei Ulu Pandan (ASC@Sg Ulu Pandan) when completed in 2009, will bring together environmental scientists, social scientists, engineers and policy makers. Their joint effort will help improve the water quality in our canals, reservoirs and lakes.

The outdoor facility to be located at the Ulu Pandan canal, is the first of a series of environmental observatories for urban freshwater management research to be built in Singapore. Initiated by the Singapore-Delft Water Alliance (SDWA), the project is a collaboration between NUS, Public Utilities Board (PUB) and Delft Hydraulics.

Jointly funded by NUS, PUB and the Environment & Water Initiative of the National Research Foundation (NRF), ASC@Sg Ulu Pandan will conduct studies on how to improve water quality and supply in a cost-effective manner, and ways of decreasing flooding risk.

Officiating at the launch of the concept plan for ASC@Sg Ulu Pandan (2 July), Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Dr Yaacob Ibrahim said the facility will contribute to wider public appreciation of scientific and engineering efforts required to maintain clean water bodies and promote appreciation of water and its conservation.


CLEANER WATER: Prof Shih Choon Fong, NUS President; H.E. Mr Chris Sanders, Ambassador, The Kingdom of the Netherlands; and Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, at the launch.

Prof Barry Halliwell, NUS Deputy President (Research & Technology) and Chairman, Board of Trustees of SDWA said: "How we use and reuse water in the city will become increasingly critical as we expect two-third of the world's population will be living in cities by 2050. The research activities will help us understand the fundamental processes so as to develop sustainable solutions to further enhance the quality and supply of freshwater in Singapore."

The ASC@Sg Ulu Pandan will also include an interactive showcase of urban freshwater research projects and technologies for public education. It will host visitors, schools and organised groups to raise awareness of urban freshwater management in Singapore and other major cities.