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PUB awards largest number of private developments with ABC Waters certification awards largest number of private developments with ABC Waters certification3/6/2014 4:00:00 PMThird edition of ABC Waters Design Guidelines featuring new design concepts launched3/3/2016 12:00:00 PMIssue DatePress ReleaseAbout PUBAbout PUB’s tagline: Water for All: Conserve, Value, EnjoyFind out more about us<p>Seventeen outstanding projects from the private and public sectors were awarded the Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) certification today.  Nine of these developments come from the private sector, which is the largest number of private projects to be certified since the scheme was launched in 2010.  At the Seminar on ABC Waters – Enhancing Liveability of our Environment, PUB, Singapore’s national water agency, also launched the third edition of the ABC Waters Design Guidelines.  Ms Grace Fu, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office; and Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, and Foreign Affairs was the Guest-of-Honour at the event.</p> <p>In this latest edition of the ABC Waters Design Guidelines, a wide range of case studies showcasing local examples of ABC Waters Design features have been included.  The guidelines have also been fine-tuned based on the latest research and development (R&D) technology on ABC Waters design.  A new type of rain garden featured is the “soak-away” rain garden developed by a team from the National University of Singapore under an R&D project commissioned by PUB. Unlike conventional rain gardens, soak-away rain gardens can be designed with only one filter layer and without the need for subsoil drainage pipes. This simple design means the feature can be easily implemented on an extensive scale by the community.<br></p> <p>The ABC Waters Design Guidelines guide developers, architects and engineers on how to plan, design and incorporate innovative waterscapes and the ABC Waters concept; while the ABC Waters certification scheme recognises projects that successfully integrate ABC Waters design features into their developments.</p> <br> <p>Over the years, PUB has seen encouraging response from both public and private developers who have demonstrated how ABC Waters concepts that incorporate engineering, science and landscape can be creatively applied.  Increasingly, private developers are also recognising the value of ABC Waters as one of the best practises in environmental design and performance.  To date, 48 projects have received ABC Waters certification.<br></p> <p>Amongst the exemplary projects receiving certification are The Interlace and Waterway Ridges.  The Interlace is a private residential development located near the Southern Ridges.  Designed as a tropical oasis, 176 species of plants are organised in a way to mimic naturally-occurring biotopes to encourage biodiversity and cleanse rainwater runoff naturally.  ABC Waters design features like vegetated swales and bioretention basins also help to slow down, detain and treat the runoff.<br></p> <p>Waterway Ridges, a public housing project in Punggol East, is an ABC Waters precinct piloted by the Housing & Development Board (HDB) and PUB.  It is the first housing project that integrates large-scale ABC Waters design features extensively within a public housing precinct.  ABC Waters design features such as bioretention basins and vegetated swales form part of the natural drainage system to slow down runoff from about 70 per cent of the precinct area and reduce the peak flow of stormwater into the public drains. These features also treat stormwater runoff so that cleaner water flows into the public drains and eventually, Punggol Reservoir.</p><p>Mr Tan Nguan Sen, PUB’s Director of Catchment and Waterways, said, “The latest edition of the ABC Waters design guidelines is a testament to how innovative waterscapes can be ingeniously incorporated into various land developments.  With the support from developers and professionals in the public and private sectors, we can look forward to more ABC Waters certified projects as we all play a part in contributing towards a greener, sustainable and more liveable Singapore.”</p> <br> <p>At the Seminar on ABC Waters – Enhancing Liveability of our Environment held in conjunction with the Singapore International Water Week at Marina Bay Sands, professionals renowned in the field of urban design and liveability shared insights on ideas and challenges faced in applying and implementing ABC Waters design features, and how the ABC Waters framework helps to create a water sensitive Singapore.</p> <br> <p>The ABC Waters Programme was launched by PUB in 2006 to transform Singapore’s water bodies beyond their utilitarian purpose into beautiful and clean streams, rivers and lakes, creating a vibrant City of Gardens and Water. Over 100 potential locations have been identified for implementation over the next 20 years.  To date, 23 ABC Waters projects have been completed by PUB. Another eight projects are undergoing construction and 15 other projects have been identified for implementation over the next five years by PUB.<br><br><strong>Annex A</strong></p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">The Interlace<br></span><img class="imgMaxWidth1" src="" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br><span class="ms-rteStyle-ImageDescriptionStyle">Spa Valley surrounded by green walls</span><br><span class="ms-rteStyle-ImageDescriptionStyle"> <img class="imgMaxWidth1" src="" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Vegetated swales slow down and remove sediments from stormwater runoff</span> </span></p><br><br><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Waterway Ridges</span><br><img class="imgMaxWidth1" alt="Waterway Ridges" src="" style="margin:5px;" /><br><span class="ms-rteStyle-ImageDescriptionStyle">Waterway Ridges – A pilot ABC Waters precinct by HDB and PUB</span><br><span class="ms-rteStyle-ImageDescriptionStyle"><img class="imgMaxWidth1" alt="Vegetated swales during dry weather" src="" style="margin:5px;" /><br>Vegetated swales during dry weather</span><span class="ms-rteStyle-ImageDescriptionStyle"></span></p><span class="ms-rteStyle-ImageDescriptionStyle"> <img class="imgMaxWidth1" alt="Bioretention basins during dry weather" src="" style="margin:5px;" /><br><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Bioretention basins serve as recreational spaces when dry</span> </span><figure><img alt="Bioretention basins during wet weather" src="" style="margin:5px;" /></figure><p><span class="ms-rteStyle-ImageDescriptionStyle">Water is temporarily stored in the bioretention basins during rain before it is filtered and drained into the reservoir</span> <br><br>Please click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to view Annex B</p> <p>PUB is a statutory board under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources. It is the water agency that manages Singapore’s water supply, water catchment and used water in an integrated way. </p> <p>PUB has ensured a diversified and sustainable supply of water for Singapore with the Four National Taps (local catchment water, imported water, NEWater, desalinated water). </p> <p>To provide water for all, PUB calls on all to play our part to conserve water, keep our water catchments and waterways clean and build a relationship with water so we can enjoy our water resources.  If we all play our part, we can have enough water for all our needs – for industry, for living, for life.</p> <p>Visit our website at <a href=""></a> <br>Like us on Facebook at <a href=""></a> <br>Follow us on Twitter at <a href=""></a> <br>For our latest event photos, visit <a href=""></a> or <a href=""></a> <br>Download our mobile app: MyWaters for <a href="">iOS</a>, <a href="">Android </a>or <a href="">Windows Phone </a></p>4/10/2017 8:11:50 AM