06 Jul '11, 1am

Used water, such as urine, will become 'mankind's main source of water': Expert

SINGAPORE - Already a resource fulfilling about one-third of Singapore's current water needs, used water - such as urine - will become mankind's main source of water, predicted an international water expert. Speaking at the Singapore Water Lecture yesterday, Dr James Barnard, the recipient of the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize this year - given to those who have contributed towards solving global water problems - said that with a growing population, pure drinking water is becoming a scarcity in many countries. Hence, countries need to consider using treated waste water - something Singapore is already doing with NEWater. Singapore currently has five NEWater plants, with most of the NEWater used for industrial purposes. Only 2 per cent is pumped into the reservoirs. More advanced in "urine recovery" is a reservoir in a suburb in Washington DC, where 60 per cent of the water flowi...

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