Digitalising water: The smart way to save

Smart meters that help people track their water usage can reduce consumption

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.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 09, 2018, with the headline 'Digitalising water: The smart way to save'. Print Edition | Subscribe