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CLS lecturer authors book on water quality management for PUB

Congratulations to our Singapore Polytechnic (SP) lecturer who has taken on an additional role as an author!

Mr Kwok Chen Ko from SP's School of Chemical & Life Sciences has written a book for the Public Utilities Board (PUB). Titled "Your first guide to water quality monitoring in Singapore", the book was presented at the opening of the Punggol and Serangoon Reservoirs on 3 July.

Water is fast becoming the coolest (and hottest) topic in the 21st century, as people learn more about the importance of water quality, and schools embark on various water-related projects.

Chen Ko's book is a boost to the local environmental education scene, providing a no-frills guide to the basics of water quality. Designed for teachers and students in mind, it allows the readers to understand more about water quality monitoring programmes and even how to design one themselves!

As for the idea behind his book, Chen Ko said it stemmed from his vision of implementing a citizen-based approach to monitoring the waterways of Singapore, which is widely done in other countries, but had not quite taken off in ours.

"When I first started my first water quality monitoring in 2006, there was simply no guide for reference on such a topic in Singapore. I gathered whatever information I could from the Internet, books and journals and dived right into it," said Chen Ko.

Mr Kwok Chen Ko

After five years of water monitoring work and research, Chen Ko felt ready to impart his knowledge and experiences to a wider audience by writing this book.

And it seems Chen Ko has caught the writing bug!

He revealed, "There will certainly be a next book! To me, writing is a calling and a way to share with the world at large."

The book will be distributed to partners of PUB, as well as schools and organisations interested in water quality management.

If you are interested to find out more about water quality monitoring in Singapore, check out Chen Ko's blog here.


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