Singapore's national water agency, PUB, selected CH2M as one of three recipients for its Watermark Award.
The Watermark Award, first introduced in 2007 by PUB, recognizes individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions and commitment to protect and raise awareness of Singapore's precious water resources. Singapore's Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Masagoes Zulkifli, presented CH2M with the award on March 31, 2016, during a ceremony.
"We are heartened by the initiatives and programs that CH2M, one of our Watermark Award recipients this year, has developed over the years to educate their internal and external stakeholders about water. CH2M is a sterling example of an organization that goes above and beyond to spread the water saving message and inspire the community to protect our precious water resource in Singapore. We hope more organizations like CH2M, can come forward and go the extra mile for water, like what our winners have done this year," says George Madhavan, director of 3P Network, PUB.
Cultivating a 25-year relationship, CH2M has been working closely with Singapore's PUB, delivering major cross-sector infrastructure projects in water and industrial facilities, including serving as program manager and designer for the award-winning Deep Tunnel Sewerage System (DTSS) and the Changi Water Reclamation Plant, one of the world's largest water reclamation projects; the iconic NEWater Plant and Visitor Centre, an international landmark for educating the world about water reuse; and the Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) program, which transformed the waterbodies in Singapore beyond their utilitarian functions, creating new community spaces as well as higher-quality living.
"Singapore is a water model for the world. Each of the projects we've completed with PUB has been characterized by strong partnerships, between a most innovative client and consultants and contractors who share PUB's vision, and with the community who understands water and sustainability by virtue of Singapore's investment in education," said Peter Nicol, CH2M Global Water Business Group president. "We are honored to accept PUB's Watermark Award for our contributions to protecting and preserving Singapore's precious water assets."
In 2015, CH2M received the Stockholm Industry Water Award for pioneering methods to clean water and increasing public acceptance of recycled water. CH2M's work with Singapore's PUB in the early 2000s helped evolve water reuse practices, proving not only the safety of potable reuse, but helping win public acceptance with the country's NEWater project. By pioneering a transparent approach to public outreach and conducting a comprehensive study of reclaimed water, the project fully integrated technology and public education tools to create public acceptance of water reuse.