18 March 2023 is a memorable day for the worker’s as we held our annual Workers Appreciation Dinner after a three-year hiatus. The event kicked off with an opening speech by our Managing Director, Mr Thomas Ng, where he thanked everyone for their hard work and contribution. He also emphasised on clean and safe living conditions in our dormitories, workplace safety, and receiving feedbacks from our workers should they encounter any personal problem or work-related issue. These were then translated into Tamil, Mandarin, Bengali, and Vietnamese by our colleagues.
Long service awards were presented to 53 workers who reached the milestones of 10th, 15th, 20th, and 25th years of service in HSB. This year, the management continued to reward workers who consistently maintained the cleanliness and tidiness of their rooms.
Attractive lucky draw and game prizes were won by workers, and interactive and fun games filled the night with laughter and joy. Sumptuous buffet dinner of different cuisines including a live prata station were arranged where all our workers, volunteers and management ate to their hearts content.
The Singapore World Water Day (SWWD) organised by National Water Agency, PUB, took place throughout the month of March. The main event was held on March 18th, 2023 at Marina Barrage includes a "Walk for Water," where HSB colleagues joined the mass walk from Gardens by the Bay to Marina Barrage. In Singapore, where water is accessible for all, this “Walk for Water” campaign symbolises women in developing countries have to walk 6km everyday to get clean water.
The theme for Water Day this year was, "Make Every Drop Count," emphasising how we can contribute our effort to save water in our daily activities. The event was graced by the Guest-of-Honour, Mr Lawrence Wong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.
Mr Wong concluded in his speech saying that collective efforts had enabled Singapore to get this far in its Water Story and the Singapore Story.
HSB’s water day campaign theme, for 2023, is "I will make every drop count.". This theme is aligned with the UN and PUB's water day campaign of water conservation goals. A large blue balloon was given to each project to raise awareness, and everyone was encouraged to dress in blue.
In addition, water conservation talks were done during the Mass Toolbox in every project during our Water Day campaign. The talks were to raise awareness and highlight to all personnel on the importance of water conservation and our on-going efforts and implementation to contribute to water conservation.
Water conservation helps to reduce the energy required for pumping and treating water, which helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Water conservation can help to ensure the availability of water resources for future generations of Singaporean. At sites, water conservation measures such as rainwater harvesting and greywater reuse are efforts ongoing on our sites. Water Saving campaigns and posters to remind personnel to save water are other steps that HSB does to conserve water.
The 3 key strategies that PUB has adopted for water management are: collect every drop of water, reuse water endlessly and desalinate seawater. The diagram below is a holistic water loop in Singapore. It highlights the various water supply and treatment processes done to meet the water needs of the nation.