Singapore’s World Water Day @ Marina Barrage

24 Mar 2012                  

Singapore’s World Water Day on 24 March 2012 saw a flurry of activities converging at Marina Barrage, the main venue.

Graced by Guest-of-Honour President Tony Tan Keng Yam, the morning saw close to 500 cyclists, kayakers and dragonboaters converging after navigating routes from key ABC Waters sites islandwide.

Cycling interest groups Lovecycling.sg and Joyriders blazed in from riding both the Eastern and Western catchment loops, stopping by several ABC Waters sites enroute to Marina Barrage. From Kolam Ayer ABC Waterfront, 200 kayakers and dragonboaters started paddling 5km at the crack of dawn to reach Marina Barrage – just in time for the official launch of Singapore’s World Water Day 2012!

25,000 people, 15 locations, 1 cause.

Walk for Water

On Saturday morning, it was quite a sight to see close to 10,000 people walking with their little blue pails all around Singapore. Pails are a common household item and serve as a good visual symbol of the importance of conserving and recycling water. To mark the event, each pail came outfitted with a water saving tip – simple ideas to make every drop of water count.

The main walk event, Walk for Water, started from Gardens by the Bay East and ended at Marina Barrage, just in time for the official opening of Singapore’s World Water Day.

The Walk for Water was a scenic route that started from the newly-opened Gardens by the Bay East, along Marina Reservoir, before ending at the main venue Marina Barrage. The 2km walk is a symbolic reminder of how people in developing countries have to walk at least 6km everyday to fetch water, and a reminder for all of us to cherish our precious water resources.

United by their little blue pails, more than 3000 participants from the five Community Development Councils participated in the walk. That Saturday morning saw a riot of colours, with many of the participants donning their respective healthy lifestyle or brisk-walking club t-shirts. The blue pails proved to be a hit with young and old alike, with many making plans on how to put the pails to use at home, with some happily wearing it for the walk in place of hats!

At the end of the walk, participants were treated to stage performances and a carnival at Marina Barrage.  A slew of other activities like the Water Writing and Qigong demonstration on the Green Roof entertained the crowd. There were many interesting booths to check out from our World Water Day partners. It was certainly a fun filled and meaningful morning to spend at Marina Barrage to mark World Water Day 2012!

Highlights from the morning, Over at Gardens by the Bay East

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More than 3000 participants eager to take on the Walk for Water, little blue pails in hand and pledging to use water wisely.

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The small blue pails were a hit with both the young and old, who found it a wonderful idea and chatted about how they could put it to good use at home.

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The crowd ready for flag-off!

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The small blue pails were such a hit, participants devised ideas on how else they could use it while waiting for the walk to start amidst much fun and laughter.

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Ready, get set, go! Minister for Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan and PUB Chief Executive, Mr Chew Men Leong, flagging-off the Walk for Water

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Guest-of-Honour, President Tony Tan Keng Yam arrives to join in the festivities at Gardens by the Bay.

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At Marina Reservoir, the dragon boat fun race gets ready for the flag-off from President Tony Tan

Over at Marina Barrage

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President Tony Tan joins students from Fuhua Primary School, drumming out his own beats on their ‘Water Drums’. The ‘drums’ are made from recycled plastic containers, which the students had fun decorating and painting over. 

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United for the water cause – the official launch of Singapore’s World Water Day saw the symbolic pouring of water collected from each of the 15 sites islandwide to form the word ‘World Water Day’

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Winners of the Water Conservation Video Competition with Minister for Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan

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Dance performance by Cedar Girls’s School

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Guest-of-Honour President Tony Tan Keng Yam and  Minister for Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan look on as students write ‘Water’ in each of the four languages – representative of the cultural and racial unity we have in Singapore.

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Up on Marina Barrage’s Green Roof, more than 1000 Qigong practitioners from the Taoist Federation demonstrate their flowing moves. Qigong is an ancient Chinese practice of aligning one’s breathing and body movements for exercise, healing and meditation. 

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PUB’s 3P partners with President Tony Tan Keng Yam. Singapore World Water Day is a community run partnership, with events for the community by the community. For 2012, more than 100 community partners were involved in running various activities across the 15 locations islandwide. Getting the community involved helps encourage Singaporeans to forge even stronger ties with water, fostering a deeper appreciation of its value. 

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Good habits start young: A little girl makes her pledge to conserve, value and enjoy every drop of water. 

By Singapore World Water Day Committee

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