Water – You Can’t Build a City Without It

30 Jun 2012                        

Globally, trends of urbanisation, scarcity of water and stricter environmental regulations have increased the demand for water – an area of expertise Singapore is poised to take advantage of.

By 2015, Singapore’s water industry is expected to provide 11,000 jobs and value-add $1.7 billion to our GDP.

Many of the jobs that will be created are for highly skilled occupations, for instance, regional business and sales management, engineering design, R&D and financing. More than 70% of these jobs will employ locals (Singaporeans/ PRs).

This is a testament to the success of the Singapore Water Story – how our water constraints have pushed us to strive for self-sufficiency, and in doing so, we have turned our vulnerability into our strength. As a result, the deep expertise in water management and treatment we have developed puts Singapore on the world map as a global hydrohub.

Vulnerability to strength

The growth of the water industry over the last five years is backed by a strong foundation in water management that has propelled Singapore from a water-challenged nation to an internationally-recognised name in the global water community. With an integrated approach to water management, sound water policies and investments in water technologies, Singapore has turned its vulnerability into a valuable asset today.

Leading efforts in making Singapore a global hydrohub is the Environment and Water Industry Programme Office (EWI) – an inter-agency body led by PUB, the national water agency, and involving the Economic Development Board (EDB), International Enterprise (IE) Singapore and SPRING Singapore.

Don’t take water for granted

As energy prices climb and water becomes an increasingly scarce and valuable resource, there is a need to appreciate how far Singapore has come in ensuring a clean and reliable supply of water at the turn of a tap. PUB calls on all to play our part to conserve water, keep our water catchments and waterways clean and build a relationship with water so we can enjoy our water resources. If we all play our part, we can have enough water for all our needs – for industry, for living, for life.

By Ivan Lim

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