For five days in November this year, both local and international experts in the field of water quality gathered at the Pan Pacific Hotel to share their knowledge and insights with 28 participants from the region.
The Singapore Water Academy held the Water Quality Management course,the inaugural course under the Singapore Water Management Series, was specially designed by water practitioners for fellow water professionals in urban water management.
An immersive five-day programme combining Singapore’s experience with international expertise, the course was well-attended by local and international participants from 13 countries and regions, from both private and public utilities and the water industry. The course comprised classroom sessions, panel dialogues and site visits to four key PUB facilities – Marina Barrage, Lower Seletar Waterworks, the Water Quality Laboratory at Waterhub and Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.
Designed for water practitioners for fellow water professionals
The course was taught by a renowned panel of local and international experts who covered extensive technical ground and practical applications.
We were pleased to have:
Prof Joan Rose, Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research at Michigan State University, USA; Stockholm Water Prize winner 2016
Mr Chan Yoon Kum, Senior Advisor, PUB, Singapore’s national water agency
Dr David Cunliffe, Principal Water Quality Adviser; and Public Health Services, SA Health, Australia
Dr Lim Mong Hoo, Chief Specialist, PUB, Singapore’s national water agency
Prof Ong Choon Nam, Director, NUS Environmental Research Institute, National University of Singapore and Professor, School of Public Health, National University of Singapore
Prof Shane Snyder, Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Arizona, USA
Prof Thomas J. Grizzard, Professor Emeritus, VirginiaTech, USA
Prof Vernon Snoeyink, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Arriving as strangers and leaving as friends
Panel dialogues and lively discussions with trainers and fellow course mates saw the sharing of various challenges and practical solutions from source pollution issues to algae blooms. It was also an excellent networking platform to make friends with fellow water professionals from all around the world. A lively dialogue session with PUB’s Chief Engineering & Technology Officer (CETO), Harry Seah brought about discussion on the technical challenges some of the overseas participants face back home and how PUB’s experience on similar issues could be used as reference for them. CETO also provided insight on PUB’s approach on using technology to optimise PUB’s operations to provide water that is safe and of consistent quality for consumers.
Saturday at Bishan Park
As part of the experiential learning approach, participants visited Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park to understand more about ABC Waters. Starting the last day of the course with breakfast at Canopy Café, it was a time to reflect and share collective insights gleaned in the last four days.
Following breakfast, participants went on a walk to understand more about the park, the river’s flood warning system and the bioengineering techniques that transformed the 3km utilitarian drain into a beautiful meandering river.
Here’s what our participants had to say:
Future SgWM courses will run in 2017, with the next three focus areas on Water Reuse, Urban Flood Management & ABC Waters, and Water Supply networks.
Find out more about future courses at: www.pub.gov.sg/sgwa