Recycling to meet Singapore's 15% water needs by 2010

Ulhas Joglekar ulhasj at SPAMbom4.vsnl.net.in
Sun Jan 14 19:40:22 MST 2001


Sunday
14 January 2001

Recycling to meet Singapore's 15% water needs by 2010
SINGAPORE: Singapore has released plans to meet 15 per cent of its water
needs through recycling by 2010.
Trade and Industry Minister George Yeo told Parliament that the water being
produced by a new waste-water treatment plant was purer that tap water and
surpassed drinking-water standards set by the World Health Organisation.
The product is pure enough to satisfy wafer-fabrication plants and other
industrial users requiring high-grade water, and by 2010 the treatment plant
will be producing 15 percent of Singapore's water requirements, the Straits
Times reported on Saturday.
In addition to water recycling, Singapore will also introduce seawater
desalinisation.
There has been concern about the vulnerability of Singapore's water supply,
which was highlighted by Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid last
November when he reminded the city-state that it relied on Malaysia for
supplies, which he said could easily be cut off.
Yeo dismissed threats of Malaysian supplies being cut, saying they were
provided under long-term agreements with extensions now under negotiation,
but he said Singapore was fortifying its water strategy.
At present, only five percent of Singapore's water is recycled for
industrial use.
High costs had previously hampered recycling efforts, but new technology was
making it economical to recycle on a large scale, the minister said.
He also told parliament that tenders would be called later this year for a
desalination plant to go into production in 2005 with the capacity to
produce 136 million litres of fresh water a day.
Singapore intends to take "full advantage of advances in water-treatment
technology," Yeo said
"With these long-term developments our long-term supply of water will be
more diversified." (AFP)

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