Journeyintofragility

Singapore

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Sixth Step of the Project in Singapore -  curated by Fabio Carnaghi - from 27th October to 1st November 2012
Local Partner: New Water

Respecting local differences and their defining characteristics is compatible with economic development. (Arenzano Manifesto's eighth thesis)

Singapour as a small island that doesn't have natural aquifers and lakes and with little land to collect rainwater, Singapour needs to maximise whatever it can harvest. Currently, Singapour uses two separate systems to collect rainwater and used water. Rainwater is collected through a comprehensive network of
drains, canals, rivers and storm water collection ponds before it is channelled to Singapore's 17 reservoirs for storage. This makes Singapore one of the few countries in the world to harvest urban storm water on a large scale for its water supply. A Singapore success story and the pillar of Singapore’s water sustainability, NEWater is high-grade reclaimed water. It is produced from treated used water that is further purified using advanced membrane technologies and ultra-violet disinfection, making it ultra-clean and safe to drink. Developed by PUB after three decades, NEWater has passed more than 65,000 scientific tests and surpasses World Health Organisation requirements, a testimony of its high quality and reliability. NEWater is proof that using today's water treatment technologies, water of any quality can be treated into drinking water. It has put Singaour on the world map for innovative water management, including winning for PUB the Stockholm Industry Water Award in 2007. The first NEWater plants were opened in 2003. Currently, NEWater meets 30% of the nation’s water needs. By 2060, Singapore plans to triple the current NEWater capacity so that NEWater can meet 50% of the future water demand.