Updated: 02/18/2014 22:52

Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2014 goes to The Orange County Water District

Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2014 goes to The Orange County Water District

This year's Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize was awarded to The Orange County Water District or OCWD in California. 

Its awarded for its pioneering work in using advanced water reuse technologies on groundwater management and water reclamation. 

OCWD started the first facility, Water Factory 21 in the world to show that potable-grade quality recycled water can be produced from treated used water. 

It then launched the Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS) in 2008 to replace Water Factory 21. 

And to date,125 billion gallons of water have been produced by the GWRS. 

OCWD is also recognised for its achievements in public policy and community outreach.

An Independent Advisory Panel was set up to ensure a sound assessment of water reuse and aquifer recharge efforts. 

This provides public confidence that critical aspects of the projects have been independently and scientifically scrutinized. 

OCWD also includes public outreach and engagement, paving the way for public acceptance of water recycling for indirect potable use. 

Its comprehensive implementation model has been replicated in countries such as Australia and Singapore, and in Colorado and Texas to achieve water sustainability through water reuse, benefitting millions in the process. 

OCWD will receive their award on June 2nd in conjunction with Singapore International Water Week.

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