Holland V is one of the most “guarded” places in Singapore.
Commandos and police from the Riot Squad regularly patrol the village with their automatic rifles a few times a month.
Lorong Mambong and Lorong Liput, where most of the rowdy revelling take place in the evenings, are closed to traffic each day at 7.00 pm for added security.
Police from the Neighbourhood Police Post at Block 13 Holland Drive also patrols the village and surrounding apartment blocks daily.
A log book, which records their visits, is put in a metal box that is tied to the lamp post in front of Wala Wala on Lorong Mambong.
Holland Village is not known to be a dengue area.
In any case, most common mosquitoes are free from the dengue virus strain
except for the Malaria-carrying Aedes mosquitoes, which is the target of the NEA (National Environment Agency).
Mosquitoes breed only in stagnant water, such as water pots, drains and roof tops.
The NEA does a random house-to-house check regularly to make sure there is no stagnant water contained in flower pots, linen stick holders, un-flushed toilets, rooftops, drain pipes, etc.
Mosquito fumigation and disinfecting of drains are also carried out regularly to ensure no stone is left unturned.
The authority also appoints volunteering residents as “garden sheriffs” to promote awareness of the Malaria-threat and to watch out for potential breeding spots. The authorities do not hesitate to fine offenders.
Singapore is a small place and there is little room for water storage, so recycling is the way to go. Singapore’s tap water is safe for consumption despite the fact that 40% of it is recycled water. However, bottled water is everywhere if you prefer something less tempting.
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