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Commonwealth Secondary launches small wastewater treatment centre

Post  WANJING on Tue Jul 15, 2008 11:36 pm


http://sg.news.yahoo.com/cna/20080712/tap-773-commonwealth-secondary-centre-ex-231650b.html

My comments:

This article shows a way to sustain development through the means of education. Education can be a useful tool to pass the message of conservation to the young students. Through this method, the younger generation will be able to learn the importance of conservation easier and faster. This will therefore benefit themselves and the future generation.

I agree with Dr Yaacob that sufficient water supply will be met if every Singaporean appreciates water. Water is scarce. Our island has limited space for additional reserviors and water treatment plants. Other than space, cost is another factor to be considered. The new Marina Barrage requires a total of 3 years and $240 million for construction. Therefore, we should be more aware of our current situation and start to appreciate our water.

Other than education, there are several ways that the government has done to solve the problem of shortage of water. One of which is to built the Marina Barrage. It is a project to seal off the city-state's waterfront from the sea and create a three-in-one water source for drinking, flood control and recreation. Another one is to increase the utility bills as to encourage the public to save water.

I believe that all these solutions planned by the government are useless without the help of the public. Therefore, everyone should play a part in the conservation of water and make Singapore a nice place to live in.


[This article is suitable for environmental, educational and social issues.]
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Post  hafizuddin on Sat Jul 26, 2008 2:18 am

It brings up the question whether environmental education should be compulsory taught in all schools. Whether an extra educational requirement will hinder the child's learning development as they now have a more extensive study scope. Should environmental education be treated as important as other main subjects such as maths,science or humanities-otherwise-should it replace current subjects taught in school?

i suggest it to be treated as a sub-subject such as moral education that can be taught in schools,to raise awareness among childrens only. i encourage more excursion trips to industrial plants that promotes saving the environment such as New-Water.
hence, introducing a new subject in the schools' syllabus might create inefficiency in the learning environment and it might not receive fullest-cooperation of the public.

Other than that, i do not suggest government to raise water and electricity bills since families are already burden with the current inflation crisis and might bring rise to other social problems. Money might also not be a problem for richer families hence defeating the purpose of reducing water wastage. Governments can instead control domestic water usage by limiting amount of water used per building or per house or per community, in relation to population size respectively.

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Re: Commonwealth Secondary launches small wastewater treatment centre

Post  Vishaal on Sat Jul 26, 2008 9:35 pm

This article indeed has a good scope involving education and enviroment. It shows the relevence of the need for water and how the government can educate the young on it. Furthermore, it is a good example on Singapore.
However, we need to know the limits of using education as a means to teach the young. I agree that teaching the young on the need for water and on the enviroment as a compulsory subject is a good idea but it should not be an examinable subject. With the acknowldgement that if it were to be an examinable subject it would just add to the mental stress of the students.
In any case, a good choice of article and a well written review.

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Re: Commonwealth Secondary launches small wastewater treatment centre

Post  Naim Le Victoria on Sun Jul 27, 2008 9:37 pm

An article about environment and the importance of water conservation due to the shortage of clean and drinkable source of water around the world.
The article suggests that water conservation should start from schools and then to home and so on.
An interesting way of promoting water conservation that is through schools, by building a miniature wetland in the heart of the school compound.
I applaud the refreshing movement, a totally new alternative to the conventional method of advertisements.
Then again, i doubt that such a project will be widespread throughout the whole country so soon as its effectiveness is yet to be seen as youngsters nowadays are more likely to indulge in their own life then to actually be mindful of the importance of water conservation.
Well i hope that im proven wrong in the future.
By the way, a short article but insightful review.
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Re: Commonwealth Secondary launches small wastewater treatment centre

Post  giselle on Sun Jul 27, 2008 11:59 pm

FACTS about water
Although more than 70 percent of the earth is covered with water, however nearly 97 percent of the water is in the oceans. Ocean water is too salty for drinking, manufacturing, and farming. The fresh water available for us to use is about three percent of the earth's water supply. Three-fourths of the three percent fresh water is unavailable because it is in icecaps and other glaciers.

This show us that water that is available for consumption and domestic activities are scarce. Furthermore, the usable water( left with one-fourth of the three percent) is definitely insufficient to cater to the needs of the world's population which is estimated to be around 6,602,224,175 (July 2007), since all population are dependent on water, it makes water more valuable. Hence it necessary for the human population to conserve water and use water wisely. The conservation of water is an activity where everyone should play a part in it. With the advancement of technology, recycling of water is made more easily. Singapore, has made use of the technology as well as the fact of scarcity of water to develop a water desalination plant. The plant also has sufficient capacity to meet around 10% of the national demand. This project did not just alleviate the pressure on limited water supply but also show the world that business can also be generated out of problems(scarcity of water).
[your article is another example for conservation of water(:]

Opened in September 2005, within its first year of operation the plant has won a distinction in the 2006 Global Water Awards and two of the companies involved have gained industry honours for their work on the project. Furthermore, China and Singapore have started a cooperation program to build Asia's largest desalination plant in north China's port city of Tianjin.
This creates more jobs opportunities for people which might minimise the unemployment level as more skilled workers are required in this industry.

Overall, water is precious so be frugal when using.
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Post  Ana on Mon Jul 28, 2008 10:19 pm

Its good that the government educate students about water conservation through schools. The interactive collaboration between the various organisations to carry out water conservation projects is effective as it engages the students to learn about water scarcity. Perhaps there could be other projects that is more related to the student's daily life such as encouraging the students to invent new domestic tools that can safe water effectively. Smile

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