05 Jul '11, 4am

S'pore to ramp up NEWater and desalination capacity

S'pore to ramp up NEWater and desalination capacity

SINGAPORE: Singapore will ramp up its NEWater and desalination capacity such that by 2060 they will account for 80 per cent of Singapore's water demand. These targets had been set ahead of the expiry of Singapore's second water agreement with Malaysia. Speaking at the inaugural Water Conversation at the Singapore International Water Week, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong explained that the need to be self-sufficient in water has long been seen as a strategic necessity. In response to questions, he said there are no magic solutions to Singapore's success in diversifying its water supply. What it did right, was that the government had the political will to make changes and also make the best use of technology. Mr Lee also said Singapore's approach is to price water to reflect its true market value, while ensuring there are subsidies for low income households. Dialogue particip...

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