Jurong West resident shocked by the sight of red water flowing in the drain

Jurong West resident shocked by the sight of red water flowing in the drain
PHOTO: Shin Min Daily News

SINGAPORE - The sight of a "bloody river" on Sunday (July 26) got residents at Jurong West worried and shocked.

Stomp contributor, Shahira, noticed the sight of red water flowing in the drain along Jurong West St 62 and St 64 at around 3pm.

She said this was unusual as there were no factories nearby and called it both surprising and scary.

The bright red drain also caught the attention of many residents in the area.

When Shin Min Daily went to investigate later that evening around 7pm, the drain was still flowing with bright red water.

36-year-old resident Mr Min noticed the unusual waters when he was bringing his kids out for a walk. He was worried that the water supply might be affected.

Another resident, Mr Sun, told the Chinese daily that he has never seen such an occurrence in the five years that he has been living here.

He said the drain does get dirty but never to this state.

According to the Shin Min, the waters in the drain flowing along blocks 662D to 666A are affected.

Spanning around 800m in length, the "reddest" area is nearest block 664B which could be the point of origination.

Public Utilities Board (PUB) was alerted to the sighting at 3.15pm on Sunday.

It started investigations at 3.30pm and found the source to be at Jurong West St 62, near Jurong West Primary School. Sand bags were deployed to prevent the further flow of the red water.

PUB also discovered that the red water has also affected block 650B and a sample of the liquid has been taken for laboratory testing.

Serious action will be taken if the drain has been deliberately polluted. If the public have any information, they can call the 24-hour hotline 1800-2255-632 or 1800-284-6600.

wjeanne@sph.com.sg 

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