Singapore, Middle East Could Work to Develop Water Management Technology

From Channel News Asia , Published on 21 April 2016

Singapore companies may soon work with those in the Middle East to develop water management technology.

Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli - who was also in the Middle East with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong - said there are industry leaders in the Middle East that Singapore can learn from.

He noted that supplying water to people can be a challenge in both Jordan and Israel.

"Climate change - that has made very big challenges because of reduced rainfall, as well as (an) increase in the population that they did not foresee - for example, the coming of refugees from Syria, Lebanon as well as from Iraq," Mr. Masagos said.

Mr. Masagos said meeting his counterparts and industry leaders in the Middle East has taught him several lessons.

One, Singapore must learn to prepare for the worst - especially when it comes to challenges arising from climate change. At the same time, Singapore must make sure that it has the extra capacity to deal with sudden and severe stresses in its water management systems.

He added that help could be on the way.

"One of the things that we are discussing is that new water technologies may be in the horizon to address these issues and I'm glad that coming here, I have the opportunity to discuss with these water supplier leaders, whom either we can learn from when they are able to scale their solutions, and also to get them opportunities to work with our water companies," the Minister said.

Meanwhile, Singapore is actively looking at ways to reduce water wastage - such as regulating new tick marks that will be imposed for washing machines as well as taps, as well as reminding the public that the Linggiu Reservoir levels are low.

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