S'pore will invest S$400 million to upgrade drains in preparation for climate change

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Zhangxin Zheng | July 17, 2019, 04:22 PM

The government is preparing to take on climate change by strengthening Singapore's infrastructure in the upcoming years.

Millions spent to upgrade drains & study rising sea levels

Speaking at the annual Partners for the Environment Forum, Minister of Environment and Water Resources, Masagos Zulkifli announced that S$400 million will be spent on upgrading and maintaining the drains in Singapore by 2021.

You probably would have noticed the increased frequency of flash floods during recent years.

To safeguard Singapore from the impact of such extreme weather, the government has spent S$1.8 billion to improve our drainage system.

Citing the late Lee Kuan Yew who identified that "the ultimate threat to human survival is global warming and climate change" in 2007, Masagos also emphasised the works done to study how rising sea levels will impact Singapore.

As such, another S$10 million will be invested in research studies to help us better project the sea level rise scenarios in the future.

Public involvement in tackling climate change

Masagos also called upon organisations and individuals to take on climate change within their means.

This includes adopting a more environmental-friendly lifestyle — it can be small acts such as practising the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) and switching aircon temperature to 25°C and above.

More recently, there is also a call for public feedback on how Singapore can reduce carbon emissions.

The National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) has launched an online public consultation exercise on July 16 to gather ideas and thoughts on measures that the government can take to reduce Singapore's carbon footprint.

These include how to encourage more people to use energy-efficient appliances, how carbon pricing can be implemented, as well as how to grow green technologies and solutions in Singapore.

You can submit your suggestions by August 30, 2019, via email to [email protected]

Top photo by Ian Chung via Facebook


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