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Water use up 5 per cent; Government will review measures if trend persists

Published on Mar 7, 2014 12:56 PM
Singapore has been experiencing a dry spell over the past 2 weeks, hitting a record low level of rainfall for the longest time. -- ST FILE PHOTO: MATTHIAS HO 

Daily water usage during the current dry spell has edged up again to 5 per cent above average now, and Singapore will have to "re-evaluate the adequacy of our current plans" if this trend continues, said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan on Friday.

He was responding in Parliament to MP David Ong (Jurong GRC), who asked at what point the country may have to consider water rationing, last seen in the 1960s, if the dry spell persists.

Average water consumption has now risen from 400 million gallons per day (mgd) to 420 mgd. This is up another 5 mgd from recent weeks.

Dr Balakrishnan reiterated that he does not see a need for water rationing in "the foreseeable future", as long as Singaporeans do their part to conserve water and cut usage.

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