Take a look at how used water becomes Newater
How do things affect Singapore? Find out what’s happening locally and some of the impact – both positive and negative – of globalisation.
Truth be told, when the news came out about the addition to Singapore’s water supply in 2003, I was skeptical and could not imagine drinking what used to be sewage water. Whatever my thoughts on the matter, I was still staggered by the ingenious minds of our researchers and scientists who were able to perfect the water reclamation process after three decades’ work. They took recycling to a whole new level. By 2010, Newater made up 30% of our water supply as one of the “Four National Taps”, one of the four sources of diversified and sustainable water. The others include local
catchment water, imported water and desalinated water.
The Public Utilities Board (PUB), Singapore’s national water agency, has found ways to overcome water shortages to supply drinkable water to the country’s ever-growing population. PUB also saw the impracticality of being dependent on another country in the long run to satisfy our growing water needs. After projecting future demands of a rapidly growing nation, PUB invested in research and technology and developed long-term