Water Journal : Water Journal August 2013
AUGUST 2013 WATER 53 Feature Article LEADING THE WORLD PUB is now taking integrated water cycle management to the ultimate level in Singapore. This is best exempli ed by Bishan Ang Mo Kio Park. As part of the Kallang Basin that feeds into the Marina Bay stormwater to drinking water system, an old and ugly concrete trapezoidal stormwater drainage channel and uninspired linear park has been transformed into a more natural and aesthetically pleasing waterway and urban living environment. Liveability and human connection with the water has been vastly improved, which has re ected on housing prices. Public housing along each side of the park is now quoted at the million-dollar mark -- a stunning result and one that de nitely shows the bene ts of integrated water management from a social and economic aspect. The water owing here no longer travels in a concrete drain to the sea. Following wetland natural treatment this water now ends up in the Marina Bay stormwater harvesting system for further treatment and drinking. People, water and the urban systems are now intimately and strongly intertwined and bonded. The Bishan Ang Mo Kio Park project is a 2013 Global Water Award winner -- but the true winners are the people of Singapore and their efforts to build a more liveable urban environment and city. Where else do magical things with water and liveability happen like this? We hope more and more places take take the seed of an idea, grow it, nurture it and renew it. WJ ABOUT THE AUTHOR John Poon (email: email@example.com. au) is Principal Technologist with CH2M HILL Australia. He is an Accredited Recycled Water Auditor and Skills Examiner and was Study Manager for the Singapore Water Reclamation Study (2000--2003), Lead Producer for the NEWater Visitor Centre, Versions 1 and 2 (2002-- 2003), and Project Technical Leader for the Delhi and Bengaluru Drinking Water Reuse Projects (2012 to present). Some of the team that delivered the NEWater Visitor Centre, photographed at the front of the centre as the nal touches were being added for the of cial launch. The stunning Marina Bay precinct not only looks good and serves the function of a drinking water reservoir for the city through the collection and harvesting of urban stormwater at a scale unmatched in the world; it is also a visitor destination and entertainment complex. It is quite mind-bending to think that all this was achieved in the space of a decade from the seed of an idea. The Bishan Ang Mo KioPark is an example of city-scale integrated water cycle management and liveability in action. Inside the NEWater Visitor Centre.
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