OUR HISTORY & ACHIEVEMENTS

Inspired by the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s efforts to clean up the Singapore River and Kallang Basin in the 1970s, the initial focus of Waterways Watch Society’s environmental cause was to keep Singapore’s waterways clean and safe for all to enjoy by organising voluntary clean-up patrols on the weekends. Over the past two decades, our mission has broadened beyond our clean-up patrols to include providing environmental educational programmes to spread awareness on the importance of keeping our waterways clean and safe and rally individuals to do their part for our environment.

Timeline

1998
January 1

Founding of WWS

After being appointed to set up a society to help monitor and protect the cleaned-up Singapore River and Kallang Basin by the Government Parliamentary Committee (Environment) which he was the youngest member of in 1997, Mr Eugene Heng founded Waterways Watch Society (WWS) with just 27 members.

1999
February 24

Officially registered as an NGO

Officially registered as an NGO

WWS was officially registered as a non-profit society and occupied the disused space under Nicoll Highway Merdeka Bridge, located within the Kallang Riverside Park as its main office. Volunteers of WWS started to conduct boat patrols within the Kallang Basin on Sundays

2000
May 24

Officially registered as a Charity

WWS was officially registered as an approved Charity under the Charities Act

2005
January 1

Promoting environmental educational programmes

Promoting environmental educational programmes

WWS broadened its cause to include promoting environmental education and awareness. The society introduced its very first environmental educational programmes – River Monster and Camp Enviro-Awareness. Over the years, WWS has expanded and diversified our environmental educational programmes to include educational talks, learning trails and waterway clean-ups on different modes for all ages to participate and enjoy.

July 25

Clean-up Patrols on Bicycle

Clean-up Patrols on Bicycle

WWS expanded the mode of our environmental clean-up patrols to include bicycle

2006
November 10

President’s Award for the Environment 2006

President’s Award for the Environment 2006

Awarded the inaugural President’s Award for the Environment 2006

2007
January 1

PUB Honorary Award

PUB Honorary Award

Awarded PUB’s Watermark Honorary Award 2007

2008
January 1

Singapore’s 15th and First City Reservoir

Singapore’s 15th and First City Reservoir

With the completion and opening of Marina Barrage, Marina Bay and Kallang Basin are transformed to Marina Reservoir, Singapore’s 15th and First City Reservoir. Our outreach efforts on water sustainability and clean-up efforts in the area become increasingly important to ensure this new source of our water supply and lifestyle attraction is clean and safe for all to enjoy.

2009
January 1

Clean-up Patrols on Kayaks

Clean-up Patrols on Kayaks

WWS launched environmental clean-up patrol on kayaks

2010
January 1

Garden by the Waters

Garden by the Waters

WWS started its own Community in Bloom Garden

Awards & Government Endorsement

PRESIDENT'S AWARD

PUB Honourary Award

GPC

Participation in clean and green week 1998

ENDORSEMENT FROM PUB

ENDORSEMENT FROM NEA

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