January / February 2020 • waterwastewaterasia.com 36 FOCUS As one of the country’s Four National Taps, desalination has been a key part of Singapore’s water story since the first desalination plant was opened in 2005. As Singapore seeks to add the Jurong Island Desalination Plant (JIDP) to its map of desalination plants, Water & Wastewater Asia (WWA) talks to Chen Rosenfeld, Sales & Solutions Manager for Asia-Pacific at IDE Technologies, to understand how the country is doing in terms of its desalination efforts and how IDE Technologies plays a part in the process. Chen Rosenfeld, Sales & Solutions Manager for Asia-Pacific, IDE Technologies WWA: How is Singapore doing in terms of its current desalination efforts? ROSENFELD: Currently, Singapore desalinates 25% of its water demand and PUB, the Public Utilities Board, is set to reach the 30% mark by 2060 ahead of the 2061 expiration of the Water Transfer Agreement with Malaysia. On the same note, PUB plans to expand NEWater, Singapore’s brand name for potable-quality water produced from treated sewage, to meet roughly 55% of the national water demand by 2060. In Singapore, there are currently four large desalination plants which serve as part of the four main sources of water for the country. WWA: Please tell us more about the SWRO plant that will be supplied by IDE Technologies for the upcoming JIDP. ROSENFELD: IDE Technologies has been awarded the contract to deliver a reverse osmosis (RO) system for the JIDP. This plant will be Singapore’s fifth desalination plant and have a capacity of 35.7 MGD (135,000 m 3 /d). This combined system will produce high-quality water to Singapore. As Singapore is a small city-state with limited water storage space, its water management policy is essential to its existence. Large desalination plants are part of the four main sources providing water across the city, in addition to water imported from Malaysia, extensive rain water collection, and storage and water reuse facilities distributing water to potable quality. Singapore has set a target to have desalinated water meet up to 30% of the country’s future water needs by 2060. JIDP will be completed in June 2020.