Channel NewsAsia: Flood control system put to stress test in December

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan recently told Channel NewsAsia that the ministry is increasing the number of sensors and providing real-time information to the public and to the Public Utilities Board (PUB). He added December would be the time to stress test the systems and that all agencies are on alert in preparation for the wet season.

Flood control system put to stress test in December

SINGAPORE: Environment and Water Resources Minister, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, said he’s confident that with intelligent use of technology and a more informed public, the flood problem can be resolved.

He said this when asked about the flood control preparations ahead of the wet season in December. He also said all agencies are on alert.

An expert panel had on Thursday recommended that Singapore review its drainage system, which it felt was not adequate to cope with increasingly intense rainfall. It had also pushed for a more sophisticated monitoring system.

The final report is due in January.

Dr Balakrishnan told reporters he broadly agrees with their views, saying they’ll provide the impetus for water agency PUB to redesign the entire water system.

Possible measures include improving drains and increasing the amount of rain water absorbed into the ground.

As a start, the ministry will increase the number of sensors and provide real-time information to the public and to PUB.

Dr Balakrishnan said: “December is time for stress test for our system and I can assure the public that we will keep people fully appraised of the situation. (We will) do our best to deal with what nature throws at us.

“At the end of the day, this is nature. We have to adapt, we have to find ways to deal with nature, we cannot control nature.”

Image taken from Hannaford

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