PUB calls for tender to expand Changi water plant

Technician Karuppaiah Ganesan checking on a reverse osmosis system at the Changi Water Reclamation Plant on June 28, 2010.
Technician Karuppaiah Ganesan checking on a reverse osmosis system at the Changi Water Reclamation Plant on June 28, 2010. PHOTO: ST FILE

To meet future demand for treated water and production of Newater, national water agency PUB is calling a tender to expand the Changi Water Reclamation Plant (WRP).

To be completed by end-2019, the expansion will allow the plant to treat an additional 44 million gallons of used water a day, the PUB said yesterday. Its existing capacity is 176 million gallons a day.

The tender includes civil and infrastructure expansion works, as well as the installation of advanced membrane bioreactor equipment.

"With this expansion, Changi WRP will be one of the world's largest membrane bioreactor facilities," said Mr Yahya Abdul Ghani, PUB's director of water reclamation (plants).

"More importantly, it will produce more treated used water effluent for Newater production and increase our water recycling rate, which will allow us to ensure a robust and sustainable supply of water for Singapore's future."

Commissioned in 2008, Changi WRP is one of the world's largest and most advanced water reclamation facilities. It treats about half of Singapore's used water, and the treated effluent is used to produce Newater.

Newater now meets 30 per cent of Singapore's water demand, with this proportion set to rise to 55 per cent in the longer term.

The Changi plant has a highly compact design, occupying a third as much land as conventional plants.

After expansion, it will continue to be compact and use advanced technologies, said the PUB.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2016, with the headline 'PUB calls for tender to expand Changi water plant'. Print Edition | Subscribe