Tuaspring Desalination Plant awarded ABC Waters Certification

4 Jun 2014

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Bioretention basin at Tuaspring Desalination Plant that treats stormwater runoff to be used for irrigation.

Singapore’s national water agency, the Public Utilities Board (PUB) awarded Tuaspring Desalination Plant with the ABC Waters Certification in recognition of Hyflux’s efforts in embracing the ABC Waters concept and incorporating ABC Waters Design Features in their Tuaspring development. The ABC Waters Certification Ceremony was held at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands on 4 June 2014.

Launched in 2006, the Active, Beautiful, Clean (ABC) Waters Programme is part of PUB’s long-term initiative to transform Singapore’s utilitarian drains, canals and reservoirs into beautiful streams, rivers and lakes that are well-integrated with the surrounding parks and spaces and thus, creating focal points and recreational spaces for the community to enjoy. This brings Singaporeans closer to water so that they can better appreciate and cherish the nation’s precious resource. The ABC Waters Programme also creates an environmental asset out of water, enhancing the quality of living and turning Singapore into a ‘City of Gardens and Water’.

In her opening address[1] at the “Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters – Enhancing Liveability of Our Environment” seminar, Ms Grace Fu pointed out that Tuaspring Desalination Plant is the first industrial plant to be awarded the ABC Waters Certification and is an example of how the ABC Waters concepts that incorporate engineering, science and landscape design can be applied to improve the liveability of Singapore. The Tuaspring plant has incorporated a bioretention basin that treats stormwater runoff before using it for irrigation. Rainwater harvested from the plant’s rooftop is also used for toilet flushing.

Mr. Michael Siew, Director of Tuaspring Pte Ltd (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hyflux), added that the plant’s design features not only conserve water but play a part in greening the environment where employees can relax and enjoy the greenery in an industrial setting

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ABC Waters Certificate awarded to Tuaspring Desalination Plant

[1] Excerpts of Ms Grace Fu’s speech from here.