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PUB brings ABC Waters closer to home at Bukit Batokhttp://www.pub.gov.sg/news/pressreleases/20160220PUB brings ABC Waters closer to home at Bukit Batok19/2/2016 4:00:00 PM15/4/2016 11:00:00 AMIssue DatePress ReleaseAbout PUB’s ABC Waters ProgrammeAbout PUBFind out more about us<p>​​​Lush plantings along the waterway edge, timber seats that offer a perfect vantage point, and aesthetically-pleasing rain gardens that cleanse rainwater runoff are now a stone’s throw away for residents living in Bukit Batok. PUB’s Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) @ Bukit Batok Canal was officially opened this evening by Guest-of-Honour Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources & Ministry of Health, and Adviser to Hong Kah North Grassroots Organisations.</p><p>Completed in just over a year, a 230-metre long section of the canal along Bukit Batok West Avenue 2 and 4 has been given a facelift. What was formerly a bare and utilitarian canal now boasts of an array of flowers and plants lining and abutting its walls. Four rain gardens that help to cleanse rainwater runoff before it is discharged into the canal also help to improve water quality, enhance aesthetics and enliven biodiversity in the area.</p><p>As part of the makeover, timber seats have been built along the waterway, allowing the community to enjoy the verdant views while bonding with their friends and neighbours at the new recreational space.</p><p>On the transformation, Adviser to Hong Kah North grassroots organisations Dr Amy Khor said, “ABC Waters has creatively turned a stretch of the Bukit Batok Canal into a “mini” green corridor with lush plantings that enhance and add value to our living environment. By tapping on the spaces next to and around the canal, residents can now hang out with their families and neighbours by the waterway, while learning about rainwater runoff, water quality and biodiversity at the rain gardens.”</p> <p>PUB’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Mr Tan Nguan Sen, said, “Nestled in the heartlands, the Bukit Batok Canal is now more than just a drain that channels rainwater to the Kranji Reservoir. We have rejuvenated this waterway, bringing the benefits of ABC Waters right to the doorsteps of residents here. As the community gathers at this new community focal point and enjoys the transformed waterscape, we hope they can also value our waters and help keep our waterways free from litter.”<br><br><img src="http://public.prdweb.pub.gov.sg/sites/assets/PressReleaseAssets/1_Opening%20of%20ABC%20Waters%20at%20Bt%20Batok%20Canal.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br><span class="ms-rteStyle-ImageDescriptionStyle">(From L- R) Mr Robin Ng, CCC Chairman; Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources & Ministry of Health; PUB Chief Executive, Mr Ng Joo Hee; Mr Michael Gan, RC Chairman at the Official Opening of ABC Waters @ Bukit Batok Canal​.  </span></p><p><img src="http://public.prdweb.pub.gov.sg/sites/assets/PressReleaseAssets/2_One%20of%20four%20rain%20gardens%20along%20Bukit%20Batok%20Canal.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /> <br><span class="ms-rteStyle-ImageDescriptionStyle">One of four rain gardens along Bukit Batok Canal ​  </span></p><p><img src="http://public.prdweb.pub.gov.sg/sites/assets/PressReleaseAssets/3_Timber%20seating%20along%20the%20waterfront.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /> <br><span class="ms-rteStyle-ImageDescriptionStyle">Timber seating along the waterfront​ </span><br>​Please click <a href="http://public.prdweb.pub.gov.sg/sites/assets/PressReleaseDocuments/Annex_20Feb2016.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">here to view the Annex</font></span></a>​</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, 32 ABC Waters projects have been completed.</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>Like us at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/PUBsg"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">www.facebook.com/PUBsg</font></span></a><br>Follow us on <a href="http://www.instagram.com/PUBsingapore"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">www.instagram.com/PUBsingapore</font></span></a> and <a href="http://www.twitter.com/PUBsingapore"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">www.twitter.com/PUBsingapore</font></span></a><br>Subscribe to our channel at <a href="http://www.youtube.com/sgPUB"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">www.youtube.com/sgPUB</font></span></a><br>For our latest event photos, visit <a href="http://www.flickr.com/PUBsg"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">www.flickr.com/PUBsg</font></span></a> or <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/PUBsg"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">www.pinterest.com/PUBsg</font></span></a><br>Download our mobile apps: MyWaters for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/mywaters/id533051315?mt=8"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">iOS</font></span></a>, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.codigo.pub.mywaters&hl=en"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Android</font></span></a> or <a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-sg/store/app/mywaters/1089ffe2-749f-4487-9193-675d356036ee"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Windows Phone</font></span></a> and <br>PURE Magazine for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/pure-magazine/id722242119?mt=8"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">iOS</font></span></a>, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=sg.com.pure_magazine.app&hl=en"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Android</font></span></a>, <a href="https://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/39895902/?countrycode=US&lang=en"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Blackberry</font></span></a> or <a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-sg/store/app/pure-magazine/8a8b02a0-99f5-4962-bd0e-e83bcda3c755"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Windows Phone</font></span></a><br>Visit our website at <a href="http://www.pub.gov.sg/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">www.pub.gov.sg</font></span></a>​    </p>21/6/2016 6:04:24 AM