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Secondary One Geographical Investigation at Bishan Park

31 January - 02 February 2018

Our Secondary One Geographers embarked on an unforgettable, educational adventure filled with fun and learning where they explored the Bishan Park’s waterway and investigated the water quality and the factors that affected it. 

Through the activity, the students effectively applied and harnessed geographical knowledge and data gathering, analytical and observational skills based on an authentic task, and understood how Singapore manages water quality in our local waterways and why it is important to do so.

The avid Geographers learnt how Singapore has put in place various measures to manage the cleanliness of the water in our local waterways. They also pointed out that despite widespread availability of trash bins and prominent signs prohibiting litter, some still found their way into the waterways, much to the dismay of those who really care for the natural environment!

Reflecting on what she has leant through the experience, Claudia from 1F shared: “One person’s littering can have an impact on the water as much as one person’s decision to conserve water. The collective effort of people’s actions can be a significant factor that can help Singapore achieve water security.”

Echoing her view, Jonas from 1C opined: “Water quality is important because we need a sustainable water source for our future generations especially after the year 2061, when our water treaty agreement with Johor ends.”

The Geographers discussed the importance of keeping waterways clean, eloquently articulating how the waterway is one of Singapore’s four National Taps to collect rainwater to contribute to Singapore’s water supply. They also learnt that polluted water in the waterways is a contributing factor that has compelled Singapore to invest in more resources to ensure clean water, the cost of which will inevitably be borne by everyone. 

Indeed, the Geographers’ field experience has made them become more aware of the pressing concerns about Singapore’s water supply.