Water - specifically, the lack of the stuff - occupies a special place in the Singaporean consciousness. We simply do not have enough space to collect and store all of the rainwater that we will need for later consumption. More than half of Singapore's daily demand has to be imported from Malaysia, by way of a 99-year water agreement.
Our water situation compels us to turn to expensive manufactured Newater and even dearer desalinated seawater in order to quench new thirst. Indeed, the enduring sustainability and security of Singapore's water supply present no less than an existential challenge for our country. This challenge can be made lighter through conscientious conservation.