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MANAGING OUR WATER
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Singapore is a small island. We do not have aquifers or groundwater. We rely on rain as a source of water but we cannot afford to use large areas of land to collect and store rainwater.
To overcome these limitations, we strive to be as efficient and innovative as possible to ensure that we have enough to meet our needs.
The demand for water is expected to double in the next 50 years, Coupled with the uncertainty of weather patterns in the face of climate change, we cannot take it for granted that we will always have enough water.
In Singapore, we are lucky to have easy access to clean water from the taps. However, this also makes it easy for us to end up using more water than we really need on a daily basis. When clean water comes at the turn of a tap, it is easy to waste water without noticing.
Water wastage from pipes or water appliances often goes unnoticed as well. Loose tap fittings, malfunctioning toilet cisterns and leaking water pipes can all lead to a huge waste of water.
For instance, a typical leak from a kitchen can amount to 10,000 litres per year, which is over 6600 large bottles.
Through PUB’s long-term efforts in water conservation, Singapore’s per capita domestic water consumption dropped from 165 litres per day in 2003 to the current 151 litres.
We aim to reduce it to 147 litres by 2020 and 140 litres by 2030.
Ensuring there is water for all to live, enjoy, conserve and value.
Beach Water Quality
Last updated: 12 Feb 2019
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