Friday, July 1, 2011

Dirty, smelly and brown: What's happened to S'pore River?

Dirty, smelly and brown: What's happened to S'pore River?

The Singapore River has turned into a dump, it seems, with dead leaves and rubbish floating on the surface, and a stench coming from its brown waters. STOMPer Faith hopes something can be done about its sorry state.

Says the STOMPer:

"What's happened to our famous Singapore River?

"There were lots of dead leaves and rubbish floating on the surface of the Singapore River.

"There was also a bad odour, and the river was brown.

"Please do something about our well known river!

"What will tourists think of it?"
Dirty, smelly and brown: What's happened to S'pore River?
Dirty, smelly and brown: What's happened to S'pore River?

The cleanup of the Singapore River is one of our great success stories, restoring life to a waterway that was once heavily polluted.

I'm not sure if it's just the usual runoff of leaves and sediment into the river after the rain, or whether there is genuinely an ongoing pollution problem in the Singapore River. In 2008, businesses situated along the Robertson Quay area were affected by foul smells coming from exposed deposits of sediment. This was resolved after dredging.

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