Celebrating the pinnacle in urban and water innovation

2 July 2011                        

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Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean presenting Professor Mark van Loosdrecht with the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize

The Lee Kuan Yew Prize Award Ceremony and Banquet last evening saw more than 800 guests gathered to honour the recipients of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize and the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize.

Mr Adrian Benepe, New York City’s Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, accepted the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize on behalf of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Departments of Transportation, City Planning, and Parks and Recreation. New York City’s efforts in rejuvenating public spaces through the creation of innovative new parks such as the High Line and Brooklyn Bridge Park saw it emerge as a deserved winner of this prestigious prize.

The night’s other winner was Professor Mark van Loosdrecht of Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, who was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2012 for his development of Anammox, an innovative biological process to remove pollutants from used water. This allows for a cost-effective, low-energy and sustainable means to treat waste water. PUB, the national water agency, is currently looking into the adoption of this technology to improve energy efficiency.

By Ivan Lim

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