Silt in Bukit Timah canal: PUB to take action against contractor after Stomp alert

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The Public Utilities Board (PUB) responded to a Stomp enquiry of a video of silt found in Bukit Timah canal and will take enforcement action against the contractor responsible.

A Stomper sent Stomp the video captured on Oct 10 at 5.15pm, which alerted us to the incident.

The Stomper claimed that the contractors were illegally dumping silt into the canal.

In a response to the Stomp query, PUB confirmed that the material was silt and said: "PUB has investigated and confirmed that the material discharged into the Bukit Timah canal after the heavy downpour on Oct 10 was silt.

"We have traced the silty discharge to a nearby construction site that had failed to provide adequate earth control measures (ECM) onsite.

"The contractor had since rectified the ECM lapses. PUB will be taking enforcement action against the contractor."

They then explained that silty water is generated when rainwater runoff mixes with exposed earth materials and soil at construction sites.

Contractors are required to implement ECM at the construction sites to contain and treat silty water, by removing the silt from the water, before discharging it into the public drains.

Offenders can be fined up to $5,000 for each offence of silty water discharge.

They can also be fined up to $50,000 for inadequate ECM.