PM Lee keeping a close eye on Singapore's water supply

The reservoir has now reached a record low of 54.5 per cent capacity.
The reservoir has now reached a record low of 54.5 per cent capacity.PHOTO: LEE HSIEN LOONG/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he is keeping a close eye on Singapore's water stocks even as the nation prepares to celebrate its golden jubilee this weekend.

Dry weather has led to a decline in water level in an important Malaysian reservoir which supplies to Singapore.

The water in the Linggiu Reservoir in Johor has been depleting steadily due to drier- than-usual weather in Malaysia. It has now reached a record low of 54.5 per cent of the reservoir's capacity.

 
 

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan had said on Monday that this is a cause for concern as it affects Singapore's ability to draw its full 250 million gallons entitlement from Malaysia's Johor River.

In his post, PM Lee added that he visited the Linggiu Reservoir in 2012. He said he decided to build more Newater and desalination plants thereafter to "make our water supply more resilient".

He added that another Newater plant will be completed next year, and a third desalination plant in 2017.

PM Lee wrote: "In Singapore, water will always be a precious resource. Never take it for granted, or waste it. Please do your part to conserve water."