Over the years, Singapore has developed a pervasive drainage network of 32 major rivers, more than 8,000 km of waterways and 17 reservoirs. To realize the full potential of this water infrastructure, PUB, the national water agency, launched the Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) Program in 2006.

This strategic initiative harnesses the full potential of the water bodies in Singapore to improve water as well as life quality. In 2011 Atelier Dreiseitl (now Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl, part of the Ramboll Group) was appointed chief master planner for the second phase of the project. In mid-June this year, Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl won a new competition which means that the studio will maintain this role for the next phases of the program.

“ABC Waters is one of the most ambitious and visionary water programs in the world, and we are very excited and honored about the assignment. The contract requires us to develop concept plans and design guidelines for a number of identified strategic waterways or waterway networks, and we look very much forward to get started,” says René Hoeijmakers, Executive Director for Ramboll Water.

100 potential projects by 2030

The ABC Waters concept plans aim to provide a framework for concerted ABC Waters interventions by public and private developers along a waterway over the medium-term. This framework is intended to increase the implementation of ABC Waters projects and ensure their integration with adjacent developments.

From the concept plans developed, Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl will also be identifying and developing conceptual proposals and ball-park cost estimates for at least 20 potential ABC Waters projects for implementation in future phases of the ABC Waters Program.

More than 100 potential projects across Singapore have been identified for implementation in phases by 2030.