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20 March 2019

Community Partners Doing Their Part for GoBlue4SG Movement

We have seen amazing ground up efforts from our community partners supporting the GoBlue4SG movement and water cause thus far, with several partners conducting activities such as water rationing exercises, forming water droplets and offering blue deals. There have also been several roadshows held across the island as well, encouraging the public to pledge to save water and make every drop count.

How many people does it take to form a giant blue water droplet? Just ask these adorable kids from Sengkang Sparkletots as they enjoyed a fun day out in the sun.

Joining them in a pledge to save water at home and in school were 800 students and staff from Catholic Junior College, who chanted “Make Every Drop Count” as they did likewise in their school piazza.

From water-saving roadshows to schools conducting water rationing exercises and retailers offering blue-themed merchandise, PUB’s community partners across Singapore have been amazing in their support for the GoBlue4SG movement.

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You’re never too young to start saving water, as these kids found out during a story-telling session - featuring PUB’s friendly mascot Water Wally - at the library@harbourfront in VivoCity. A section of the library was lit up in blue just for the session.

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In the East, residents were treated to an entertaining water performance by kids from NE District Sparkletots at the “We Make Every Drop Count” carnival at Our Tampines Hub.

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These are just some of the water conservation activities and efforts that have happened so far! Look out for more exciting roadshows and don’t forget to check out some of the blue deals we have throughout March. Together, lets #GoBlue4SG and make every drop count!

For the full list of blue deals from Fave, Deliveroo, BlueSG, COURTS, Harvey Norman Singapore, Gain City, Ya Kun, Swissotel Merchant Court and more, visit https://www.makeeverydropcount.sg/goblue4sg-deals/ .

For the full list of upcoming roadshow locations, visit https://www.makeeverydropcount.sg/roadshows/  .

12 March 2019

GoBlue4SG Movement Off to a Great Start

This March, communities and businesses have come together to support the water cause. Through initiatives such as retail promotions on blue or water-related merchandise, to buildings lighting up in blue on 22 March, and even simply wearing blue, Singaporeans and over 600 partners are doing their part to show their commitment towards using water wisely.

This grounds-up support, the GoBlue4SG movement, shows the collaborative effort that is required from all walks of the community to conserve and safeguard our precious water resource. It was off to a great start at the Singapore World Water Day Opening Ceremony on 2nd Mar.

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Some of our community partners participated in the GoBlue4SG movement by turning up dressed in blue attire for the Walk for Water. Others came adorned with various blue accessories to show their support for the water conservation cause.

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Students from Nanyang Polytechnic rallied on the crowd with their upbeat stage performance, all dressed in blue as well!

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MAKE, an education centre that focuses on teaching children Math and Science through the making of useable prototypes, set up a booth where children aged between 7 and 12 years old taught participants how to make a DIY shower timer device by repurposing NEWater bottles. Besides showcasing ways to monitor water usage, the children also dressed up in blue to support the GoBlue4SG movement.

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There are partners who show their support for the GoBlue4SG movement by spreading water conservation messages online. Blu, a home-grown retail logistics company, was one of them. They helped to raise awareness of the five water saving tips through their Social Media accounts.

Partners are introducing special deals to show their support for the GoBlue4SG movement. For example, from 18 to 24 March, Swensen’s are offering 15% off their range of Outrageous Sundaes to diners dressed in blue.

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Everyone, no matter young or old, has a role to play in this water journey. We are looking forward to more partners and members of the public coming onboard to show their support for water conservation. Help the GoBlue4SG movement take on a life of its own by making a lifelong commitment to take ownership of protecting our water resources.

Together, we can Make Every Drop Count, and GoBlue4SG!

By Jaslynn Yeo

For the full list of blue deals from Fave, Deliveroo, BlueSG, COURTS, Harvey Norman Singapore, Gain City, Ya Kun, Swissotel Merchant Court and more, visit https://www.makeeverydropcount.sg/goblu4sg-deals/ .

30 January 2019

Meet Kelvin Koh – General Manager of Ulu Pandan Water Reclamation Plant

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Ulu Pandan Water Reclamation Plant General Manager Kelvin Koh is one of the engineers involved in Singapore’s demonstration project to co-digest food waste and used water sludge. Through the demonstration project, PUB aims to produce more biogas for electricity generation, in line with long-term targets to achieve energy self-sufficiency, or producing as much energy as it uses, for used water treatment.

Kelvin joined PUB in 2008 after graduating from the Imperial College London. He has worked in various roles in the Technology and Policy & Planning Departments, where he looked at innovative technologies and policies to address Singapore’s water challenges. He joined the Water Reclamation Plant (WRP) Department in July 2017.

Kelvin was very excited when PUB first announced the commencement of the co-digestion trial, as he had always been interested in PUB’S R&D efforts, which are aimed at increasing water resources, reducing production costs, and enhancing water security and system resilience.

He explains, “The co-digestion facility can treat up to 40 tons of combined food waste and used water sludge daily. The mixture is placed in an digester, and it is anaerobically digested to produce biogas, which can be converted to electricity. More biogas is expected as compared to digesting sludge alone due to higher calorific value in food waste.”

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Kelvin shares that co-digestion technology has been applied in other countries such as the United States and Hungary, and he has visited the East Bay Municipal Utilities District Main Wastewater Treatment Plant in the United States where co-digestion is adopted. The challenge, however, is that the food waste has to be segregated at the start to remove the contaminants such as plastics, and pre-treated to ensure the purity of the food waste.

One challenge of this project was finding good quality food waste for co-digestion. Kelvin recalls a period where the team received large amounts of vegetables, which posed operational challenges in its conveyance into pre-treatment process units. However, through discussions with the National Environment Agency (NEA) and Veolia (NEA’s appointed food waste collector), they were able to work out a more representative profile of the food waste required for co-digestion.

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When asked whether this technology would be applied at existing and future WRPs in Singapore, Kelvin shared that the current digesters are not designed in this manner.

“However, this demonstration trial proves that there are synergies in co-locating waste and used water treatment facilities. This gives us the confidence to adopt co-digestion process at the future Tuas Nexus, made up of the Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF) and Tuas Water Reclamation Plant. The greatest satisfaction from this project is knowing my team and I played a part in helping our environment by exploring solutions to use less electricity, and contributing to energy self-sufficiency in used water treatment. It was also a great experience working closely with NEA at an inter-agency level to resolve operational issues and implement the co-digestion process to tackle the issue of food waste.” shared Kelvin.

24 January 2019

Drink Wise, Drink Tap

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Say hello to these four aspiring students from NTU Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information who strongly believe in the role of communications in mobilising people to create big changes in our world. Driven by a keen interest in reducing plastic waste, they have launched a campaign to encourage the consumption of tap water instead of bottled water, as part of their final-year project.

Their campaign “Drink Wise, Drink Tap” aims to increase tap water consumption over bottled water in a bid to reduce plastic waste. This is their very first public education campaign to reduce single-use plastic bottled water in Singapore, in which the latter has fallen short of the recent limelight revolving around plastic straws.

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“We were inspired by the ongoing conversations and trend on metal straws, collapsible cups, etc. But we noticed that there were not enough conversations and talks surrounding plastic bottled water in Singapore, when it contributes greatly to plastic waste in Singapore,” shared Erny, Elaine, Yen Ping and Pei Xuan.

The students reached out to the public in various platforms including social media and community events. Among them was Earthfest 2019 which took place at Marina Barrage last weekend. The students engaged over 350 curious onlookers that passed by their booth to have a go at their water taste test between tap and bottled water. Many found it challenging to identify between the two and were fairly surprised at how clean and refreshing tap water tasted.

When asked why they decided to come up with a water taste test, the students said, “we want everybody living in Singapore to have a 100% trust in their country’s tap water. We are very lucky to be living in a country where you never have to worry about not having access to clean and safe drinking water, without any further filtering or boiling. And not just ‘safe’ for consumption, but of high quality. Hence, we want more people in Singapore to realise this as well.”

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In addition to the water taste test, the students also engaged the crowd through educational board displays about Singapore’s tap water as well as a photo pledge taking via social media.

The team is especially heartened by the words of support and excitement expressed to them, both verbally and through their social media platforms. “The turnout was better than expected. We were busy every single minute of the entire event. Groups of people were constantly visiting our booth and very much willing to participate in our activities! During the actual event, many excited visitors of our booth shared that our project was very interesting and were very supportive of our cause.”

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Following their success, the team will take on Eco Day Out 2019 that is to be held at Hong Kah North Community Centre on 27 Jan with similar activities in line. But hold your horses, because that is not all. Up next, they wish to cultivate a refill culture (straight from the tap!) amongst Singaporeans instead of purchasing bottled water whilst outdoors.

“When you need a drink, simply expand the bottle, grab a refill, drink up, collapse it back, and off you go. It is not an easy feat to break down psychological barriers but we hope that through our campaign, it can help spark more discussions on this issue,” said the students.

By Siow Ting Fong, Gerald Koh & Mi Hyun Chung

“Drink Wise, Drink Tap” campaign is currently ongoing. Do drop by their social media handles on Instagram (@drinktapsg) and Facebook (Drink Tap SG) for more details to show your support! Psst… check out their campaign publicity video “Water Taste Test” and see for yourself the reactions of those who seemingly cannot tell the difference between filtered, bottled and tap water!

14 January 2019