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Marina Barrage Bags Top Honours at International Environmental Engineering Awards.

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, Singapore's latest waterfront icon was conferred the Superior Achievement Award - the highest honour of the competition for the best project entry - at the AAEE AAEE American Academy of Environmental Engineers
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 Annual Awards Luncheon held in Washington, DC, USA yesterday.

Widely considered to be the most prestigious of professional, peer-recognition awards focused exclusively on the environmental engineering field, the award defines the best in environmental engineering practice: a holistic environmental perspective, innovation, proven performance and customer satisfaction, and contribution to an improved quality of life and economic efficiency. The Marina Barrage beat 33 other entries to take home the top prize in this year's competition organised by the American Academy The American Academy in Berlin is a non-partisan academic institution in Berlin. It was founded in September 1994 by a group of prominent Americans and Germans, among them Richard Holbrooke, Henry Kissinger, Richard von Weizsäcker, Fritz Stern and Otto Graf Lambsdorff and opened in  of Environmental Engineers (AAEE), becoming the second project outside of USA to win the award, in the last decade.

Debra R. Reinhart, President of AAEE said, "The AAEE's Superior Achievement Award is a highly recognised global award by the international environmental engineering field.

"Singapore PUB's accomplishment in clinching the award is well-illustrated by Marina Barrage which provides a sustainable urban water solution for all." Conceptualised and managed by PUB, the national water agency of Singapore, the Marina Barrage spans the southern end of the Marina Channel, which opens out into the sea. More than just an ordinary dam, the Barrage is a unique engineering masterpiece that fulfills three purposes for Singapore. It boosts Singapore's water supply by creating Singapore's 15th reservoir and its first reservoir in the city centre. The barrage also acts as a tidal barrier to alleviate flooding in the low-lying parts of the city such as Chinatown and Little India Little India may refer to:
  • India Square, a neighborhood in Jersey City, New Jersey also called Little India or Little Bombay
  • Little India (location), an ethnic enclave of Indian expatriates.
. Withwater activities and river cruises made possible by a consistent water level all year round, the reservoir is set to become the city's latest lifestyle attraction.

"The Marina Barrage is a showcase of urban water sustainability. By going beyond water supply and flood control, the Marina Barrage demonstrates how an urban water solution can be effectively utilised to meet water needs and at the same time, enhance the living environment for a better quality of life. This is important, as citiescontinue to grow and urbanise, they will require water solutions that can be sustained for generations to come," said Mr Yap Kheng Guan guan: see curassow. , PUB's Director of 3P Network and Project Director of Marina Barrage, who received the award on behalf of PUB at the luncheon.

Apart from creating a freshwater lake ideal for water activities, the Marina Barrage is also a lifestyle destination in itself. With a view of the city skyline, the grass-turfed roof provides a unique space for community events. Sinceits opening six months ago, the Marina Barrage has been a hive of activities, with more than a quarter million visitors and host to more than 40 local and international events, including the National Day celebrations for the last two years and the 2009 New Year's Eve Countdown Party.

Come next year, it will also be the venue for the rowing and canoeing competitions of the 2010 Youth Olympic Games The Youth Olympic Games (YOG)[1] are planned to be an international multi-sport event held every four years in staggered summer and winter events complementing the current Olympic Games,[2] and will feature athletes between the ages of 14 and 18. . "The Marina Barrage clearly fulfills all of AAEE's stringent criteria for recognition," added Dr Brendan M Harley, Senior Vice President of CDM 1. CDM - Content Data Model
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, the project consultant for Marina Barrage. "We join PUB Singapore in our deep appreciation for being selected by our peers for this Superior Achievement Award. What's most gratifying grat·i·fy  
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1. To please or satisfy: His achievement gratified his father. See Synonyms at please.

2.
, though, is seeing Marina Barrage at work every day, creating an important urban freshwater reservoir, protecting the downtown area from severe flooding, and enhancing Singapore with a new lifestyle attraction.

"The Superior Achievement Award is a fitting tributeto years of visionary planning and engineering collaboration between PUB Singapore, CDM, and the many contributing parties who helped realise the project's successful implementation," he said. The award from the AAEE is the latest in a string of accolades that the Marina Barrage has garnered in the last 2 years. In 2007, it clinched the Institution of Engineers Singapore Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award and the ASEAN ASEAN: see Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
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International organization established by the governments of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand in
 Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award. More recently, it was bestowed the Grand Conceptor award - the overall grand prize - at the American Council American Council may refer to:

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 of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts' 2009 Engineering Excellence Awards.

Reaffirming its status as a showcase of urban water sustainability around the world, the Marina Barrage also made its international broadcast debut on Discovery's Channel's much-watched 'Man-Made Marvel' series in August last year.

"The Marina Barrage is a symbol of Singapore's success in water management. With three functions fused into one facility, it exemplifies PUB's integrated water management approach, and more importantly, the foresight of our leaders in planning this engineering feat. We are excited about the transformation it will bring to Singapore's waterscape wa·ter·scape  
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 andhope that the community will work with us to make Marina Barrage a success," added Mr Yap.

The competition, which began in 1989, is open to all organisations and companies around the world, and the International Water Association (IWA IWA International Water Association
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) will recognise winners from this competition as automatic entries in its 2010 biennial Project Innovation Awards. About PUB

PUB is a statutory board under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources. It is the water agency that manages Singapore's water supply, water catchment catch·ment  
n.
1. A catching or collecting of water, especially rainwater.

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a. A structure, such as a basin or reservoir, used for collecting or draining water.

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 and sewerage sewerage, system for the removal and disposal of chiefly liquid wastes and of rainwater, which are collectively called sewage. The average person in the industrialized world produces between 60 and 140 gallons of sewage per day.  in an integrated way. PUB won the 2007 Stockholm Industry Water Award and was named Water Agency of the Year at the Global Water Awards 2006.

Source: PUB

Contact:
Teo Yin Yin
Teo_Yin_Yin@pub.gov.sg

Yeo Li Li
Yeo_Li_Li@pub.gov.sg


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