05 Mar '11, 3am

The expiry of a water deal between Singapore & Malaysia won't affect prices or supply: Dr Yaacob Ibrahim

The expiry of a water deal between Singapore & Malaysia won't affect prices or supply: Dr Yaacob Ibrahim

The expiry of the water deal between Singapore and Malaysia will not affect supply and prices, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim said. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM WATER will not cost more and its supply will not be affected when a 50-year agreement with Malaysia expires in August, the Environment and Water Resources Minister said on Friday. 'The expiry of the 1961 Water Agreement will have no impact on our water supply and water tariffs,' Dr Yaacob Ibrahim told Parliament during the debate on his ministry's budget. Singapore has developed enough local sources to replace water imported under the 1961 agreement, which allows the drawing of up to 86 million gallons daily from Johor's Skudai and Tebrau rivers. Singapore's three local sources of water are its reservoirs, desalination and Newater. By the end of this year, when the Punggol and Serangoon Reservoirs are ready, the city state's wate...

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