Rigorous Effort to Keep Singapore River Clean

Speaking at the 60th anniversary event of Malay daily Berita Harian at the Singapore River yesterday (26 Nov), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that constant effort was needed to maintain the river’s cleanliness and that people should help by not littering. 

The amount of litter removed from the 3.2km-long Singapore River has scarcely decreased in the past five years, said PUB. It added that its contractors retrieve an estimated 200kg to 400kg of litter a day, between Kim Seng Road Bridge and Esplanade Bridge.

Litter in the surrounding areas of Singapore River, such as Clarke Quay, Boat Quay and Robertson Quay, can be washed into drains by rain and find its way into the river. 

PM Lee added that it took a lot of coordination, planning and “determination and political will” in the first clean-up of the River in 1977. For 10 years, Singapore dredged up the polluted riverbed and removed pig farms and other pollutive industries in the area. It connected every premise in the catchment to sewers, squatters relocated to Housing Board Flats, street hawkers to new hawker centres, and shipyards to Pasir Panjang, he added. 

“The river clean-up is never done,” said PM Lee. “Singaporeans still must learn not to drop litter and trash on the ground, which washes into drains and the river, and has to be caught with booms along the way.”

Source: “Keeping Singapore River clean ‘a relentless effort’, The Straits Times, 27 November 2017.

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