05 Jul '11, 12pm

"Urine recovery" may be way forward in future water supply: expert

SINGAPORE : An international water expert has predicted a future where mankind's main water resource comes from used water. With a growing population, water is a prized commodity, and increasingly, pure drinking water has become a scarcity in many countries. According to Dr James Barnard, recipient of this year's Lee Kuan Yew Water prize, one solution countries need to seriously consider, is using treated waste water - something Singapore is already doing with NEWater. The Lee Kuan Yew Water prize is awarded to those who have contributed towards solving global water problems. Singapore currently has five NEWater plants, which treat waste water for both industrial and potable use. Together they supply 30 per cent of the country's current water needs. In Singapore, treated waste water or NEWater is used mainly for industrial purposes. Only about 2 per cent is pumped back int...

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