Four win PUB's Watermark Awards

Four win PUB's Watermark Awards
Jolene Ong (left) and Tham Yi Lin, from Watermark Award-winning Compassvale Secondary, lead younger ones on study trips to places like the Sengkang Riverside Park wetlands to learn about water quality and conservation.

SINGAPORE - Two firms that slashed their water bills by being more efficient and a school whose students teach one another to test water quality have made a splash with the PUB national water agency.

They, along with a teacher dedicated to environment education, have won the PUB's latest Watermark Awards.

The awards, now in their seventh year, honour role models who conserve, protect and educate others about water.

At the award-winning Compassvale Secondary School in Sengkang, Secondary Three students like Jolene Ong and Tham Yi Lin, both 15, lead younger ones on expeditions to Punggol Reservoir and its man-made wetlands to help them learn about the reservoir as a water resource, and the importance of water quality and conservation.

When asked "Is the water quality good?", Yi Lin told The Straits Times: "It has a neutral pH." That indicates the water is clean, he said. He and Jolene also hold workshops for primary school pupils.

The students also track measurements over time to work out how temperature and rainfall affect water quality.

The other Watermark winners are semiconductor maker Systems on Silicon Manufacturing Co and LED maker Philips Lumileds, which conserve and recycle water used in their industries, and mathematics teacher Lim Bin, 35, of Woodgrove Secondary School in Woodlands.

Ms Lim is so dedicated to the school's green club that she sets aside time on Sundays to take students to environmental activities. The award ceremony will be held on Sept 24.

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