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22 March 2018

Singapore Landmarks Light Up in Blue to Celebrate World Water Day

Did you notice the city skyline is bluer today? 

Happy World Water Day 2018! 22 March is the day designated by United Nations to remind all of us the importance of freshwater. 

In Singapore, ArtScience Museum, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Gardens by the Bay, Marina Square, Millenia Tower, the tube @ Orchard gateway, Republic Plaza, Resorts World Sentosa, Sentosa Development Corporation, Singapore Flyer, Singapore Sports Hub and The Helix bridge @ Marina Bay, are all lighted up in blue today to show their commitment towards water sustainability. 

SWWD City Turns Blue

SWWD City Turns Blue

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Come down and show your support at our Singapore World Water Day booth at The Helix bridge (near the Youth Olympic Park) from 22 March to 25 March, 6pm to 10pm, as part of i Light Marina Bay. Pledge to save water and receive a free gift while you enjoy the visual extravaganza! 

Click here for details on the SWWD roadshows.  

22 March 2018

First University Hostel Conducts Water Rationing Exercise

For the first time, a University hostel has participated in a water rationing exercise! For 10 whole hours, 670 National University of Singapore (NUS) students and staff residents at the Ridge View Residential College had to take shorter showers and collect water from pails or jerry cans for flushing or washing hands. 


Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Mr Masagos Zulkifli witnessed the water rationing exercise and graced the Singapore World Water Day celebrations at NUS.


In line with the smart nation push, PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency is leveraging technology to further encourage behavioural change towards water conservation. Just last Saturday, PUB announced the deployment of the first batch of smart shower devices for 300 families at West Rock@Bukit Batok. NUS has also trialled smart shower devices at Ridge View Residential College to validate the positive effect of using real-time feedback to achieve water savings.

22 March 2018

Prof Rita Colwell Honoured as Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize Laureate 2018 

In conjunction with World Water Day and the launch of the International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development 2018 - 2028,  Professor Rita R. Colwell was unveiled as the recipient of the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2018 today.

LKY Water Prize

Professor Colwell’s accomplishments and commitment to the pursuit of science and its application have been exceptional. Over her immensely rich and multi-faceted career which continues till today, she has benefited the lives of millions worldwide through her pioneering insights into microbial water quality surveillance and her tireless efforts in building upon these insights to transform the surveillance and control of cholera and other waterborne diseases.

Professor Colwell’s discoveries and innovations have fundamentally changed the way the world thinks of water microbiology. Her breakthrough discovery of the “viable but non-culturable” (VBNC) phenomenon showed that bacteria can exist in a state in which they are alive and can cause harm even though they cannot be cultured. While met with scepticism from many prominent scientists at that time, the VBNC phenomenon has now been shown to exist in more than 50 species of bacteria, including many pathogens. Building upon this discovery, Professor Colwell was an early and active proponent of the use of novel molecular methods for more accurate and comprehensive diagnostics of water pathogens.

LKY Water Prize

Professor Colwell also discovered that Vibrio cholerae, previously thought to be incapable of surviving more than a few hours outside the human host, occurs naturally in the aquatic environment associated with plankton. This discovery highlighted the critical link between the environment and the cholera disease, leading to her subsequent application of satellite imagery and modelling to predict cholera outbreaks, and the innovative use of affordable sari cloth filters to dramatically reduce drinking water contamination.

Professor Rita R. Colwell said, “I am truly honoured to be this year’s recipient of the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize, one of the most prestigious global water accolades, on this significant occasion, which takes place on World Water Day and in conjunction with the launch of the International Decade of Action “Water for Sustainable Development”. I am confident the pioneering spirit and innovative mindset represented by the Water Prize will further encourage future generations of talents to realise our shared goal of providing access to safe water for all.”

20 March 2018

House Visits to Promote Water Conservation

In celebration of Singapore World Water Day, Minister Masagos Zulkifli and Senior Minister of State Dr Amy Khor, together with grassroots leaders from Tampines West and Hong Kah North, respectively, made visits to the residents to educate them on the importance of water conservation and tips to save water they can adopt.

SWWD House Visit
Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli and Warna 92.4 FM DJ Suriani rallied residents in Tampines West to participate in the "I Save" Pledges. 

SWWD House Visit

SWWD House Visit
Senior Minister of State Dr Amy Khor and LOVE 97.2 FM DJ Bukoh Mary visited residents in Hong Kah North to spread water conservation awareness.

SWWD House Visit

Saving water is easy. You too can do your part by adopting simple tips at home, such as taking shorter showers and washing clothes on a full load.

Click here to know more about how you can make your pledge to save water. 

19 March 2018

Volunteers Help Garner “I Save” Pledges

While most people were relaxing over the weekend, volunteers from ITE College West, Team Nila, School of Science and Technology, and Temasek Polytechnic were busy at various Singapore World Water Day (SWWD) roadshows to rally the community to take up the “I Save” Pledge and adopt the five water-saving tips. 

Thanks to them, and many other volunteers and partners at various other roadshows and community events, more than 38,000 pledges have been garnered.

Mall and More

From 15 to 18 March, volunteers from ITE College West were at Pioneer Mall - one of SWWD partners who sponsored its venue - to spread the water message and get shoppers to make a commitment to save water. 

(Top) One of these volunteers is Loo Juan, a student of ITE, who feels that it is important to walk the talk and lead the change to save water. While Jeroen Yeo, a fellow classmate, wants to help people be mindful of the environment and water (bottom). 

SWWD School Volunteer

SWWD roadshows also took place at several other malls, such as the Velocity @ Novena Square, Singapore Expo, Somerset 313 and White Sands. Click here for a full list of roadshows.  

Students Movement

On 17 March, 23 volunteers from Nanyang Technological University, together with 15 student volunteers from Jurong Junior College, Hwa Chong Junior College and Nanyang Polytechnic visited 22 blocks near Yuhua Community Centre. They reached out to more than 300 households to get them to make the “I Save” Pledge and practise the 5 water saving tips. 

SWWD School Volunteer

If you have not made the pledge, do it now. Make your way down to the different venues and do your part for water conservation. 

17 March 2018

Save as you Shower

Save as you shower with the new kit in town! Some 300 households at West Rock@Bukit Batok will be the first of 10,000 to have smart shower devices installed in their units. 

With these devices, residents will get real-time information on water usage during showers. They can also set water conservation goals and monitor their water usage history via a mobile application. 

Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources shared this exciting news with the residents of West Rock@Bukit Batok at the ‘My Nice Home Roadshow’ held at Hong Kah North Community Centre today.

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PUB will also be installing these devices in some of the BTO units at Meadow Spring, Toa Payoh Apex and Buangkok Park Vista. Read here for more information on the Smart Shower Programme.

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Residents of West Rock @ Bukit Batok learning about the Smart Shower Device.

17 March 2018

PCF Sparkletots Celebrates Singapore World Water Day

Water is a gift. So don’t waste it. Turn it off when you’re done We’ll have enough for everyone. Sesame Street – “The Water Song”

Simple lyrics, powerful message. And that’s what preschool children from PCF Sparkletots North East District 3 aim to drive home in their performance of Sesame Street’s “The Water Song” at ‘We Make Every Drop Count’ – a community event organised by PCF Sparkletots North East District 3 and supported by PUB at Our Tampines Hub. Adviser for Tampines GRC and Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Mr Masagos Zulkifli and Adviser for Fengshan SMC Ms Cheryl Chan graced the occasion.

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Besides a slew of activity booths that showcased the water conservation initiatives by the various PCF centres and community partners, the highlight was the recitation of the catchy yet inspiring ‘Save the Water’ pledge, coined by PCF teachers. Some 400 pre-schoolers from 16 Sparkletots preschools, together with their families, friends and the Advisers pledged to conserve water.

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We pledge to conserve water everyday
Use it wisely and not waste it away
We will save every drop, every day of the week
We can do it! We will do it! We start small but dream big! We can do it! We will do it!

March 2017 - March 2018

Click here for past featured stories on Singapore World Water Day in March 2018 [PDF]. 

Attached please find other past featured stories from March 2017 to Janaury 2018 [PDF].