Bedok Reservoir dead bodies...

Two bodies--possibly of Mdm Tan Sze Sze and her 3-year-old son Jerald Chin Le Hui--were found floating near the shores of Bedok Reservoir early this morning.

Of course I'm very much concerned to learn who the heartless killer (if it's a murder) or the reason of suicide (if it's indeed the case).

On the other hand, I'm equally curious to see how PUB shall respond to the reservoir (AGAIN!) being used for dead bodies to float around. Last time when the first body was found in June, PUB assured that "the water treatment process at its Bedok plant is stringent", and thus "its water is safe to drink".

Now we're talking not one, but TWO dead bodies! Will the stringent water treatment process be still adequate? Or should the relevant authority not review on the security of its reservoirs?

The bodies of a mother and her young son were found floating near the shores of Bedok Reservoir early Thursday morning.

They are believed to be that of 32-year-old Tan Sze Sze and her three-year-old son Jerald Chin, who have been missing since Tuesday.

They were last seen at Clementi Central, where Madam Tan's mother works.

It is understood that when the Public Utilities Board officers found the two, Madam Tan had been hugging her son. Both were dressed in red tops, the same clothes they were wearing when they went missing.

From Straits Times, "Bodies of mother and son found in Bedok Reservoir".

The bodies of a woman and a young boy were found floating in the waters of Bedok Reservoir on Thursday morning.

The bodies are believed to be that of 32-year-old Tan Sze Sze and her 3-year old son Jerald Chin Le Hui who were last seen in Clementi on Tuesday morning.

The dead woman and boy were both dressed in red tops.

And even though their bodies were found a stone's throw away from a coffeeshop and other retail outlets, no one noticed anything out of the ordinary in recent days.

It's understood that Madam Tan and her son lived in a one-room flat at French Road in the Kallang area.

MediaCorp visited her apartment but no one appeared to be home.

Their immediate neighbour, Madam Zahara, said about five people live in the flat and they moved in about four years ago.

"There's a daughter, her mother, two children and a man. Sometimes another daughter will come and visit. But I don't know where she lives," said Madam Zahara.

Madam Zahara also said that a man, whom she believed to be the husband of one of the daughters, always visited the flat presumably to meet his child in the flat.

"The man would come and knock on the door to see the kid. The elderly mother will make noise and use vulgar language to tell off their visitor. Once, she even took a shoe to hit the man! He would call the police and officers would come," she said.

Madam Zahara said the family kept to themselves and did not mingle.

Another neighbour, 18-year-old student Alson Ngian who lives a few doors away, also said he found the family aloof.

"I mean, they are not rude. But we don't talk. We don't usually smile at each other," said Ngian.

He was also aware that the family had squabbles.

Police said they were notified of the two bodies at Bedok Reservoir at around 7am.

Paramedics at the scene pronounced the woman and the boy dead about 10 minutes later.

The authorities have classified the case as unnatural deaths.

From Channel NewsAsia, "Two bodies found in Bedok Reservoir".

The bodies of a dead woman and a young boy were found floating in Bedok Reservoir Thursday morning.

They are believed to be Tan Sze Sze, 32, and her three-year-old son Jerald Chin Le Hui, who were last seen on Tuesday morning at Clementi, where Madam Tan's mother works.

According to a local news broadcaster, both were wearing red tops, the same clothes they were wearing when they went missing.

Police said they received a call at around 7am today. The pair were pronounced dead about 10 minutes later.

The Straits Times understands that when Public Utilities Board officers found the two, Madam Tan had been hugging her son.

The case has been classified as unnatural death and police are investigating.

This is the second time dead bodies were found in Bedok Reservoir this year - a decomposed partial body was found in June.

Police managed to identify the lower torso as belonging to a 23-year-old Chinese national named Lin Xiao, who had disappeared on May 18.

From Asiaone, "2 bodies found in Bedok Reservoir".

The police are searching for a 32-year-old woman and her young son who went missing on Tuesday, and are appealing for information about them.

Ms Tan Sze Sze and her three-year-old son, Jerald Chin Le HUi, were last seen near Clementi Central on Tuesday morning at about 11am.

Ms Tan, who is about 1.65m tall and of medium build, was last seen wearing a red t-shirt and black pants, while her son was clad in a red t-shirt and white shorts.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts can call the Police at 1800-255-0000.

From Straits Times, "Appeal for information on missing woman and son". (21/09/11)

National water agency PUB says the water treatment process at its Bedok plant is stringent, ensuring that its water is safe to drink.

The assurance comes after part of a decomposed body was found floating in the nearby Bedok Reservoir.

The water treatment process at the Bedok facility takes six steps, two of which involve an enhanced disinfecting technology called ozonation.

The treatment starts at four tanks, each containing high-voltage electricity.

Ozone - a gas converted from oxygen - is produced in the tanks.

When infused with water, ozone kills bacteria and micro-organisms like algae and plankton which float on the water surface initially.

A coagulant called aluminium sulphate is then used to clump the dead particles. Due to their combined weight, the dead particles sink to the bottom of the tanks, leaving clarified water at the top.

At this point, the water looks relatively clean, but it will go through three more steps to ensure it is safe to drink.

Ozone is introduced to the process once more, this time as a disinfectant. The ozonated water is then passed through filters to remove finer particles. To sustain the disinfection, chlorine is added, together with lime and fluoride.

And in four hours, the process is complete.

PUB says this is all part of a robust water supply system.

Lee Mun Fong, deputy director at PUB's Water Supply (Plants) Department, said: "We have a plant that is able to treat water with multiple barriers and on top of that, we have a system that monitors from the source all the way to our tap. So I want to assure our customers that our water is safe to drink, even from the tap."

In its full capacity, Bedok Waterworks supplies one-tenth of Singapore's demands, distributing water to areas like Tampines, Simei and Bedok.

Bedok Waterworks is one of two plants that have been using ozonation for more than two decades, due to the environment of its catchments which require more treatment.

From Channel NewsAsia, "Body in Bedok Reservoir: PUB says water safe to drink".

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