Updated: 03/07/2014 22:32

Imported water from Johor still essential, says Vivian Balakrishnan



Imported water from Johor still essential, says Vivian Balakrishnan

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan says imported water from Johor remains an essential part of Singapore's water supply. 

Responding to a question in Parliament today, he says Singapore's investment of more than 300 million dollars in the Linggiu Dam and reservoir in Johor has enabled us to continue drawing 250 million gallons of raw water per day. 

He adds that while Singapore aims to achieve water self-sufficiency before the existing water agreement with Malaysia expires in 2061, it also expects all parties to uphold the agreement for as long as it's in force. 

As for this month's dry spell, Dr Balakrishnan says PUB has stepped up desalination to its full capacity of 100 million gallons per day. 

It has also increased Newater production to more than 100 million gallons and this has helped top up Singapore's reservoirs by as much as 35 million gallons per day. 

Dr Balakrishnan says while desalination and Newater are sources that are resilient to drought and dry spells, the current dry spell is a stark reminder not to take water for granted. 

It's a reminder for us to be more conscious to save water, and it's also a vindication of the decades of planning, hard work, enforcement and significant investments that have been made into our water supply infrastructure in order to give us the security that we currently enjoy."

And for the second time in a week, Dr Balakrishnan says despite the dry spell, there is no operational need for water rationing. 

But this is as long as Singapore can keep a lid on water consumption.

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