TODAYonline: PUB to increase Stamford Canal capacity

The Public Utilities Board has plans to increase the capacity of Stamford Canal by 30 per cent and are studying their options. Reported by TODAYonline.

PUB to increase Stamford Canal capacity

SINGAPORE – National water agency PUB is studying options to increase the capacity of the Stamford Canal – which was blamed for the Orchard Road floods on Dec 23, last year – by 30 per cent, said Minister for Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan in Parliament today.

The first involves building storm water detention ponds upstream along Stamford Canal. However, this will not come cheap along Orchard Road as these ponds are about the size of 40 to 50 Olympic size pools, Dr Balakrishnan said.

PUB is also studying building a diversion canal from the upper third of the Stamford Canal drainage area, which will cut across Grange Road and flow out at Singapore River at Zion Road. In the short term, PUB has stepped up the cleaning and maintenance of drains.

Giving an update to Parliament on the flash floods which occurred last month, Dr Balakrishnan also addressed Workers’ Party MP Yaw Shin Leong’s question on the technical differences between flash floods and ponding. The Minister said PUB should not have used the term ponding, and should have called “a spade a spade”.

Photo taken by Steven Hoey

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