Saturday, May 26, 2007

NEWater's Nice and Neat!

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To celebrate International Museum Day which is also part of my work, I brought my family last week to the NEWater Visitor Centre, located at Koh Sek Lim Road off Upper Changi Road East.

In case you do not already know, NEWater was one of the great stories of invention in the time of need. Many would know that it is largely driven by Singapore's lack of this essential liquid resource. Its launch spun off many positive stories in the media, and resulted in water scarce Singapore producing companies like Hyflux, one of the leading players in the water industry today and a darling of the local bourses.

More recently, Newater Visitor Centre attracted their 500,000th visitor. According to the folks who run it, about 20 % of their visitors are tourists with another 50% students.

Here is a photoessay of our visit for your viewing pleasure. Drink it all up folks!

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Beautiful landscaping centred on the theme of water enhances visitor experiences. There were many brightly coloured koi in this pond outside the complex.

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Hmmm.... what or rather who are these folks listening to? (Notice the high proportion of families with young kids)

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The answer? A guide explaining the intricacies of various stages in the ultra filtration and reverse osmosis processes.

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You can actually see the "backroom" of the Newater plant which was located beside the visitor centre. Those pipes contain many straw like spaghetti shaped strands with miniscule holes where the water is filtered through.

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Interactive screens with 3D animation like this helped to explain complex water treatment processes. Here we see how UV rays help to zap whatever germs remain in the water post filtration.

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Multiple screens at the end of the presentation which show the importance of water in our daily lives.

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A gentle reminder from UN's Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs about the vital importance of water.

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Free newater for all! This was a crowd favourite. While it is not quite Perrier, it does taste pretty good especially on a hot day.

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I was pleasantly surprised to see these recycling bins at the centre. They certainly do practise what they preach about saving the environment.

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Finally, a shot of the lovely fountain and water feature just outside the centre. With so much auspiciousness built into the centre, it is little wonder why its fortunes are flowing!
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