PUB to take enforcement action against contractor for silty water discharge at Hougang canal

This story was submitted via Stomp App contribution.

Singapore's national water agency PUB told Stomp that it will be taking enforcement action against a contractor for allowing silty water discharge from a construction site enter a canal at Hougang Avenue 2.

A Stomper alerted Stomp to a video posted on Facebook group Nature Society (Singapore)'s page.

The Facebook user wrote that he noticed red silty water flowing into the canal while walking along Hougang Avenue 2 on Dec 8. He suspected it was coming from a nearby construction site for a condominium.

Walking along Hougang Ave 2 this morning (8th Dec 2019), my friend noticed The construction site of The Florence...

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"[I] hope the site management will stop this pollution of our waterways," the netizen said.

In response to a Stomp query, the PUB said it received feedback on the situation on the same day the Facebook user posted his video.

"PUB officers were activated to investigate the case immediately," a PUB spokesman said.

"Our officers traced the silty water discharge to a nearby construction site that had failed to provide adequate earth control measures on site.

"The contractor has since rectified the lapse and PUB will be taking enforcement action against the company."

"PUB take a serious view towards pollution of Singapore’s waterways and will not hesitate to take action against illegal discharge into public drains and canals.

"We encourage the public to contact PUB at 1800-2255-782 to report any suspected pollution in our waterways."