Water: From Scarce Resource to National Asset 1st Edition
The Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore (CLC) | PUB, Singapore’s national water agency
ISBN-13: 9789814416597 | ISBN-10: 9814416592
© 2012 | Published |  0  Pages

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Water: From Scarce Resource to National Asset – the inaugural publication in the Singapore Urban Systems Studies Booklet Series – recounts Singapore’s remarkable water story. Although surrounded by water, the island of Singapore is one of the world’s most water-stressed countries. Singapore’s water system involves a delicate balancing act on two fronts. Firstly, the country seeks to maintain its imported water supply from Malaysia, while ceaselessly exploring alternative sources through technology and public mobilisation. Secondly, it has to balance land requirements for water catchments with competing needs for housing and industry. As an expensive commodity, water is priced to reflect not just the high cost of storage, processing and distribution, but also its strategic value. Public education and community engagement were also used to manage demand. This study also examines how Singapore achieved a paradigm shift in its water management by using new technologies, such as membranes and desalination, new drainage and flood control systems, as well as innovations such as building reservoirs in urban areas.

The Singapore Urban Systems Studies Booklet Series draws on original Urban Systems Studies research by the Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore (CLC) into Singapore’s development over the last half-century. The series is organised around domains such as water, transport, housing, planning, industry and the environment. Developed in close collaboration with relevant government agencies and drawing on exclusive interviews with pioneer leaders, these practitioner-centric booklets present a succinct overview and key principles of Singapore’s development model.

  • List of Appendices.
    Public Utilities Board (PUB).
    1. Introduction: The Journey from Scarce to Sufficient.
    2. The Early Days of Water Management.
    3. Water Supply: From Dependence to Self-sufficiency.
    4. Managing Demand.
    5. Beyond Survival Mode: Water’s Social and Economic Role.
    6. The Next 50 years: From 2010 to 2060.

    • Uses the Liveability and Sustainability Framework to examine how Singapore has responded to
    • Provides an insightful analysis of Singapore’s water policy based on experiences acquired during
    • Highlights how Singapore has turned its water constraints into an economic asset, and the
    • Includes primary material including interviews with the country’s urban pioneers and leaders.
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    • The Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore (CLC) was set up in 2008 based on a strategic blueprint developed by Singapore’s Inter-Ministerial Committee on Sustainable Development. The Centre’s mission is to distil, create and share knowledge on liveable and sustainable cities. CLC distils key learning points from Singapore’s experiences over the last half-century, while creating knowledge to address emerging challenges. It also shares knowledge with, and learns from, other cities and experts.

      PUB, Singapore’s national water agency, manages all aspects of the water cycle in an integrated manner, from sourcing, collection, purification and supply of drinking water, to the treatment of used water and its reclamation into NEWater, as well as the drainage of stormwater. By closing the water loop, PUB has in place a diversified and sustainable water supply strategy known as the Four National Taps (comprising local catchment water, imported water, NEWater and desalinated water) that ensures Singaporeans of a robust supply of water for generations to come.