Not all badly affected

SINGAPORE - Not everyone has been adversely affected by the recent dry spell.

Some businesses have used technology to ensure that their water supply will not be affected.

Mr Max Ng, 43, owner of Max Koi Farm at Neo Tiew Crescent, uses a filtration system that reduces water usage.

He said: "Conventional fish farms with no proper filtration systems will have to use a lot of water."

Both Fire Flies Health Farm and Kin Yan Agrotech at Lim Chu Kang have increased their frequency of watering their plants from two times a day to three times, but they have not been badly affected.

"We are not that affected by the dry spell because we are an organic farm and we do not use chemical fertilisers, so less water is needed for irrigation," said Mr Chai Nian Kun, 34, manager of Fire Flies Health Farm.

And some plants are thriving better in this dry weather. The National Parks Board (NParks) noted that the dry spell has brought about the flowering of some roadside trees, especially those that grow naturally in areas with distinct dry seasons such as the yellow saraca(above).

A spokesman for Hawaii Landscape at Thomson Road said that flowers such as the bougainvillaea and hibiscus are blooming because of the increased sunlight.

An NParks spokesman said that despite the dry spell, trees are largely holding up quite well because it has also been unusually cool on certain days.

"To help the plants cope with the dry spell, NParks is watering newly planted young saplings and significant trees, including Heritage Trees, with non-potable water that is not for drinking", added the spokesman.

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