Water supply fully restored at BMTC on Pulau Tekong after discoloured tap water reported

Recruits at the Basic Military Training Centre on Pulau Tekong running along a track during their training. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Alternative water sources had to be used at the Basic Military Training Centre (BMTC) on Pulau Tekong after discoloured tap water was reported in some parts of the centre on Wednesday (Nov 20), the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said.

The Straits Times understands that no servicemen were affected by the discoloured tap water.

Officers from national water agency PUB had to flush the water network on Pulau Tekong and also collected water samples for investigation, Mindef said on Facebook on Thursday morning.

At 11pm on Thursday, PUB said in a Facebook post that the water supply had been fully restored by 9.30pm.

Mindef also said at about 12am on Friday that the water samples collected earlier were found to be safe for drinking and consumption.

PUB said on Thursday that its officers carried out overnight operations and completed the flushing of the water mains serving the internal service pipes for all camps at BMTC.

The agency also worked with BMTC to flush the camp's service system and said the water in the BMTC main pipes is now clear.

Several netizens whose children were doing their national service at BMTC expressed relief that the water supply had been restored and did not pose a health risk.

PUB said it is monitoring the situation closely and is investigating the incident.

The water agency had earlier told ST that it had been alerted to the discoloured tap water at BMTC at 7.30am on Wednesday and its officers "went on-site immediately".

Noting that "the safety and well-being of our servicemen is of paramount importance", Mindef said at the time that the BMTC was using alternative water sources and PUB-deployed water wagons "to meet servicemen's essential water needs".

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