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Singapore in no danger of water shortage, but conserving water still important: Balakrishnan

Published on Feb 13, 2014 7:38 PM
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With the Public Utilities Board (PUB) pumping more water into reservoirs in response to the lack of rain, Singapore is in no danger of water shortage in the near future. But people here still need to make careful use of water, said Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan. -- TNP FILE PHOTO: AUDREY TAN

With the Public Utilities Board (PUB) pumping more water into reservoirs in response to the lack of rain, Singapore is in no danger of water shortage in the near future. But people here still need to make careful use of water, said Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

The PUB has been running their desalination and NEWater plants at close to full capacity, said Mr Balakrishnan in a Facebook post on Thursday evening. Combined, Singapore's two desalination plants produce 100 million gallons per day (mgd) of water, which meets 25 per cent of the country's needs.

Over the last two weeks, the PUB has injected an additional 20 to 25 mgd of NEWater into the reservoirs. This is at least 36 Olympic-sized swimming pools' worth of water. The amount will be increased to about 30 mgd next week to keep water reserves in the reservoirs at "healthy levels".

"Fortunately, our major investments in NEWater and desalination over the years have diversified our sources of water supply and strengthened our water security," wrote Mr Balakrishnan.

 
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