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Rustic living in the east Rustic living in the east21/3/2015 4:00:00 PMExperience art and nature in two rivers running through Tampines and Pasir Ris towns3/3/2016 12:00:00 PMIssue DatePress ReleaseAbout PUBAbout PUB’s tagline: Water for All: Conserve, Value, EnjoyAbout PUB’s ABC Waters ProgrammeFind out more about us<p>Clear flowing waters, lush foliage, inviting mangroves and rich biodiversity, residents living in the east can now enjoy these and more with the completion of two Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) projects at Sungei Api Api and Sungei Tampines. The rivers, revitalised under PUB’s ABC Waters Programme, were officially opened this morning by Guest-of-Honour, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean. </p> <p>Home to diverse flora and fauna, the original environment at Sungei Api Api and Sungei Tampines was enhanced while preserving the natural rustic charm.</p> <p>A key design concept of the river rejuvenation was to beckon the community towards the water edge so that they can better appreciate the waters. To achieve this, PUB created an environment that blends seamlessly with the existing lush mangroves and vegetation at a 900-metre section of Sungei Api Api between Tampines Expressway and Pasir Ris Drive 3.  More plantings along the water edge and the greening of canal walls helped create a vibrant green corridor teeming with life. Through the enhanced footpaths, new lookout decks, shelters and seating, as well as additional plantings and creepers along the canal walls, residents can enjoy a scenic walk along the river while bonding with their family and neighbours. </p> <p>At a 1.1-kilometre stretch along Sungei Tampines between Tampines Expressway and Pasir Ris Drive 3, new lookout decks, a community plaza, and footpaths bring residents nearer to the river to take in its unparalleled views.  The banks were also softened with creepers and additional plantings.  Rain gardens and a cleansing biotope were created along both waterways to demonstrate how plants and soil media can be used to treat rainwater runoff. </p> <p>Mr Tan Nguan Sen, PUB’s Chief Sustainability Officer said, “Sungei Api Api and Sungei Tampines are rustic waterways in the heartlands.  As both rivers were very scenic to begin with, what we did was to enhance its natural elements, improve the existing amenities and create a waterscape that is even more conducive for nature-lovers and the community at large. We hope residents will play their part in keeping the waters clean so that the rich biodiversity in this unique area can continue to flourish.” </p> <p>Care was also taken during construction to minimise the impact to the existing mangroves at Sungei Api Api, The construction works for the lookout decks were confined to the embankment so that the surrounding mangroves will not be affected.</p><p><strong>Art in nature</strong></p><p>An adopter of Sungei Api Api since 2007, Elias Park Primary School worked closely with PUB to install twelve ceramic art pieces at three of the trellises along the river.  The art works, crafted by Primary Four students, feature the flora and fauna such as the api-api putih, giant mudskipper, and atlas moth that can be found in the expansive mangrove ecosystem.  </p><p>“Through the creation of the ceramic artwork, my students not only enriched their science knowledge, but also helped to spread awareness on the rich flora and fauna that can be found at Sungei Api Api to the community.  We believe this project will inspire residents to take care of the river and the environment so that the biodiversity here can continue to flourish,” said Mrs Desri Lee, 38 years old, a HOD Aesthetics, Elias  Park Primary School, who led the ceramic art project.</p><p>Two mangrove sculptures to signify the mangroves trees along the banks of Sungei Api Api and marks the start of the eco journey has also been erected at the entrance of Pasir Ris Drive 1. </p><p><strong>Cleansing water naturally</strong></p><p>To showcase the role that specially selected plants and soil media can play in cleaning rainwater runoff, a cleansing biotope and a rain garden were incorporated at the promenade along Sungei Api Api while two other rain gardens were included along Sungei Tampines.  The rain gardens detain and treat rainwater runoff through a variety of specially-selected plants such as Leucophyllum Frutescens (Texas ranger) and Loropetalum Chinese Var Rubrum (Chinese fringe-flower), and a three-layer soil medium, coupled with a subsoil pipe system to channel the filtered water into the river. </p><p>Rainwater runoff is also conveyed from the roadside drain through a distribution pipe into the cleansing biotope at Sungei Api Api. Through the use of highly porous materials like lava stone in the filter media and hardy plants, the cleansing biotope filters rainwater runoff, and removes sediments and some nutrients. These ABC Waters design features complement the biodiverse mangrove habitat and offer a living classroom for the community and neighbouring schools to learn about natural ways of keeping our waterways clean. </p><p>A resident of Pasir Ris, Mdm Chiang Lan Eng, 73 years old, said “I have been living in Pasir Ris for the past 20 years and have seen the makeover of Sungei Tampines.  While the river was pleasant in the past, the ABC Waters makeover has enhanced it further with wider footpaths and more greenery. While doing my daily exercise along the canal, I can also relax by the waterway and take in the clean and beautiful waterscape.”</p><p>(Click <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>here</strong></a><strong> </strong>to view photos and maps of ABC Waters @ Sungei Api Api and Sungei Tampines)</p> <p> </p> <p> </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>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 by 2030.  To date, 27 ABC Waters projects have been completed.</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>1/9/2016 3:52:32 AM