27 June 2010
When one thinks reservoir, the image that normally comes to mind is a deserted lake surrounded by overgrown vegetation and muddy banks.
But, if you had attended the launch of PUB’s Active, Beautiful, Clean (ABC) Waters Programme held yesterday, what would have greeted you at Lower Seletar Reservoir would have been the total opposite. The reservoir was absolutely gorgeous. And there were families enjoying a day out and couples strolling along the banks of the reservoir.
The ABC Waters programme, is a long term programme that aims to bring people closer to water by turning Singapore’s pervasive network of reservoirs, canals and drains into beautiful lakes and rivers; and integrating them with gardens to create lifestyle attractions and community spaces.
The launch of the ABC Waters programme was held in conjunction with the Nee Soon South Community Day. It was most apt as the new facilities aim to create more community spaces for the people.
For one day, the reservoir was thronging with people of all ages, with numerous activities ranging from dragon boat races to art competitions and carnival games available to entertain the many visitors. Before the official launch went underway, contortionists as well as a very alluring belly dancer performed for the pleasure of the attendees.
Soon enough, Guest-of-Honour Prime Minister (PM) Lee Hsien Leong arrived. PM Lee along with the other audience was treated to a hilarious skit about littering, volunteerism and the ABC Waters, put up by the Nee Soon South Grassroots Leaders.
During his address, PM Lee mentioned that “All have parts to play to prevent litter from making it into our water supply.” In addition, he also spoke about the finer notes of the ABC programme, citing it as a “master plan that is progressively taking place,” and described places such as MacRitchie Reservoir and Marina Barrage as places that have already been successfully converted into lifestyle attractions.
After wrapping up his address and officially launching the ABC Waters project, the crowd was treated to a rather interesting spectacle – A Vietnamese water puppet show which depicted scenes of day-to-day life in rural Vietnam, such as fishing and farming before drawing the day’s events to a close with a wonderful “dance” performance by 4 puppets representing the Pheonix, Tortoise, Unicorn and Dragon, a symbol of good luck and health.
By Naveen K