Organisations lauded for water conservation efforts

Five organisations have been honoured with this year’s Watermark Award for their contribution to water conservation.

They are the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), Fuhua Primary, Sony Electronics Asia, The Nature Society of Singapore and Bendemeer Primary School.

Fuhua Primary constructed a wetland two years ago for its aquaponic system in an effort to go green.

Rainwater collected is filtered through the system’s soil and plants.

The system is also used as an educational tool for the pupils to learn about water recycling.

Other eco-friendly initiatives include students teaching kindergartens how to build miniature terraniums and collecting rainwater to water plants.

Another Watermark Award winner is the SCDF.

Its Watermist Technology, first implemented in 2004, reduces water usage by up to 90 per cent.

The technology uses specially-designed nozzles to generate fine water mist at high pressure.

The SCDF’s Civil Defence Academy (CDA) has a recycling system to save water.

All of SCDF’s 16 fire stations are equipped with concrete wells for rainwater collection and water collected is reused for firefighting training.

Foo Ying Kai, Rota Commander at the Central Fire Station, said: “We collect rainwater and the water used for our training, we filter it and pump it back to the hydrant for continuous usage, firefighting or any operation that we go through.”

The Watermark Award is given out by national water agency PUB. Now into its fifth year, it has been given out to 42 recipients.

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