Water wagons deployed after discoloured tap water reported at BMTC

The Basic Military Training Centre in Pulau Tekong (PHOTO: Toh Ting Wei/AFP via Getty Images)

UPDATE: The Public Utilities Board has said that normal water supply on Pulau Tekong has fully resumed at 9.30pm on Thursday.

SINGAPORE — Alternative water sources are being deployed at Pulau Tekong’s Basic Military Training Centre (BMTC), after discoloured tap water was reported in camp areas on Wednesday (20 November).

In a post put up on its Facebook page on Thursday, the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said that it had contacted the Public Utilities Board (PUB) upon receiving the reports.

PUB officers had responded by flushing the water network in the island, and collecting water samples to investigate the cause.

Mindef added that PUB has deployed water wagons to meet the national servicemen’s essential water needs, such as drinking and food preparation. It is working with PUB to restore potable water supply to the BMTC as quickly as possible.

“The safety and well-being of our servicemen is of paramount importance,” Mindef said its Facebook post.

On Thursday evening, PUB announced on its Facebook page that normal water supply has fully resumed at 9.30pm.

“The water samples have been tested to be safe for drinking and consumption, well within the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality and Environmental Public Health (Water Suitable for Drinking) (No.2) Regulations 2019,” it said in its Facebook post.

PUB said that its officers carried out overnight operations and have completed the flushing of the water mains serving the internal service pipes for all camps. It also worked with BMTC to carry out flushing of the camp’s service system, and the water in the BMTC main pipes is now clear.

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