05 Jul '11, 10pm

Clean water a strategic priority: PM

Clean water a strategic priority: PM

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong delivers the inaugural Water Conversation at the Sinagpore International Water Week 2011. -- ST PHOTO: HILL & KNOWLTON THERE are no magic solutions to overcoming urban water problems and achieving water self-sufficiency is a slow, painstaking process. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong gave this assessment when he was tapped for advice he could give to other countries, at a Singapore International Water Week dialogue yesterday. Saying that he hesitated to give advice because every city's problems are different, he added: 'But I think the most important thing may not be the water itself but the ability of the city to administer effective water policy.' Only with effective governance in place, PM Lee noted, will governments be able to clean up slums, connect houses to sewers, charge for water supply and punish water theft. In Singapore's case, he s...

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