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Newater makes every drop count. Now, do it with waste

Singapore has launched its first zero-waste masterplan, which aims to get the public and industry to do more recycling. What's behind the move to treasure trash?

Small and resource-scarce - but also ingenious. With science, foresight and plenty of political will, Singapore has overcome seemingly insurmountable woes.

Today, the Republic can count on two weather-proof sources of water: The desalination of seawater and Newater - treated used water, which allows Singapore to use every drop endlessly.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 19, 2019, with the headline 'Newater makes every drop count. Now, do it with waste'. Print Edition | Subscribe