HDB's Punggol Waterway wins international environment award

Just five months after its launch, My Waterway@Punggol won the Grand Prize for Excellence in Environmental Engineering in the environmental sustainability category.

Its first international award was presented by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE) yesterday in Washington DC.

Not only is HDB one of the few international projects to win the award, with Singapore the only Asian country in the list.

"Winning this award is testament to Singapore's small contribution towards being responsible global citizens by constructing an environmentally-friendly waterway," said HDB's Deputy CEO (Building) Mr Sng Cheng Keh.

The prestigious AAEE award accredits the best in environmental engineering. It looks at the long-term and holistic aspects of the project's economical and environmental impact and effects.

The $225 million waterway earned judges' acclaim because of the way it integrated three key elements: Environment sustainability (Green), stormwater management (Water) and community spaces (People).

The Green element was achieved by using green practices during construction by using recycled materials. Plants were also used to stabilise surrounding slopes and promote biodiversity.

The Water element was implemented through innovative solutions like constructing eco-drains to cleanse surface runoff.

The People element created new communal spaces while adding architecture that captures heritage from old Singapore.

Singapore's longest man-made waterway took 2.5 years to complete and meanders through Punggol Town in north-east Singapore.

It features a landscaped promenade, footbridges, viewing decks, as well as exercise and water-play areas.

Punggol resident Mr Chen loves the waterway, commenting "it's like a small Venice right outside my doorstep".

natlim@sph.com.sg

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