Water in Singapore – How Lucky are we?

10 Oct 2013                    

Lin Pei Shi Jpeg

Water is one of the most important substances on earth that we can’t do without. If there was no water there would be no life on earth.

It is most important that the water which people drink and use for other purposes is clean. What I meant by clean here is “free of germs and chemicals” or rather safe to consume. However, disease-causing germs can still find their way into drinking water supplies. In Singapore, we have our national water agency, PUB who is responsible for the collection, production, distribution and reclamation of water in Singapore. They are also the gantry of keeping our water clean for consumption.

How about the other countries that doesn’t have a government body like PUB to keep an eye on the water quality? Do you know, nearly a billion people do not have access to clean and safe water. Every day in these rural communities and poor urban centers, hundreds of millions of people suffer from a lack of access to clean, safe water.

We are very lucky to be staying in Singapore where we are allowed access to good quality water for the last few decades. Our tap water is suitable for drinking without any further filtration. However, with the rising pollution in Singapore, the demand of water is also increasing. All Singaporeans will have to chip in to water conservation to ensure Singapore HAVE ENOUGH WATER!!

Conserving water can also help to save on household expenses. From your lawn to your bathroom, there are many ways to conserve water at home. Some useful tips that I find useful:

1)       Replacing shower head with a water-efficient model. If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, it is time for a replacement.

2)       Reusing the water used to wash fruits and vegetables for houseplants.

3)       Avoiding water toys and require constant flow of water.

Just my 2 cents of thoughts here. J

By: Pei Shi

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