Water & Wastewater Asia May/Jun 2018

WATER & WASTEWATER ASIA May / June 2018 Singapore’s national water agency, PUB, i s s y n o n ymo u s with the city-state’s renowned NEWater. Bu t d e v e l o p i n g i t was on l y one cha l l enge. Here, Water &Wastewater Asia looks at the other chal lenges PUB has overcome over the years. I n the last article, Water & Wastewater Asia looked at how innovation and creativity in Singapore’s water sector drove the country to new heights to become a recognised global water solutions hub in a time when no one thought that the little city-state would be successful. Strategically situated along lucrative trading routes in Southeast Asia, the island nation had no natural resources of its own, save ambition and a desire to leave a mark upon the world. And in true form, its national water agency, PUB, took on the task of realising water sustainability when it became independent. Though there were other equally pressing issues to look into such as flooding andpollution, theSingapore government heavily invested in research and development (R&D), coming up with game-changing water solutions that secured water for the nation. Today, the country has “Four National Taps,” four diversified water sources that ensures a robust water supply, and features the world-famous NEWater among them. Water & Wastewater Asia had the privilege to sit down with Mr Harry Seah, PUB’s Assistant Chief Executive (Future Systems and Technology), to look into Singapore’s journey to achieving