07 Jun '11, 12pm

PUB improves SMS alert system for flood risks

PUB improves SMS alert system for flood risks

SINGAPORE: National water agency PUB is improving its SMS alert system for flood risks. In July, it will also make the SMS alert system available for the public to subscribe to. And the system will also be made more sensitive to rising water levels. The measures come after building owners at Orchard Road - specifically Tanglin Mall and St Regis - failed to receive SMS alerts about the floods on Sunday morning. Currently the alert system is only made available to building owners in areas that are susceptible to floods. Each subscriber receives alerts triggered from water sensors located along drains and canals. Stamford Canal, which runs through Orchard Road, has seven water sensors. When it rains, the sensors monitor water levels every two minutes - a shorter frequency compared to 10-minute intervals during dry weather conditions. When water levels hit the 75% mark (which ...

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