Singapore is first Asian country to win International Water Association top award

The Housing and Development Board (HDB) on Wednesday won the Global Superior Achievement Award for the Punggol Waterway project.

The waterway was lauded for its innovation, green practices and novel technologies.

The award is the highest honour conferred by the International Water Association for the most outstanding project in all categories.

It is also the first time an Asian country has clinched the prestigious award since its inception in 2006.

The previous top winning projects were from the United States and Australia.

HDB’s Punggol Waterway also clinched the Global Grand Winner in the planning category.

Thirteen prizes were given out for six different categories.

The award ceremony will be held in Busan, Korea, on September 19 in conjunction with the eighth IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition next month.

HDB’s deputy CEO (building) Sng Cheng Keh said the award is not just a big win for the board, but also a proud moment for Singapore as it was the first and only Asian country to have won the IWA’s highest award.

Projects vying for the top Global Superior Achievement Award were judged based on the following criteria:

  • Excellence in water engineering
  • Originality and innovative use of technology
  • The future value it brings to the engineering profession
  • The social, economic and sustainable design considerations
  • The complexity of the situation.

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