SIWW 2014 – Young Water Leaders Summit – Zoe Raymond

2 June 2014

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Very honoured to attend Singapore International Water Week just this morning at Marina Barrage! In case you are wondering what Singapore International Water Week is at all….

About Singapore International Water Week: 

The Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) is the global platform to share and co- create innovative water solutions. Comprising the Water Leaders Summit, Water Convention, Water Expo, Business Forums, Industrial Water Solutions Forum and TechXchange, it culminates in the presentation of the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize, a prestigious international water award to recognise outstanding contributions towards solving global water problems.SIWW 2014 will feature discussions on four themes, namely: Municipal Water, Industrial Water, Integrated City-Environment-Water and Future of Water. The sixth Singapore International Water Week will be held from 1st to 5th June 2014, in conjunction with the World Cities Summit and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore. For more information, please visit www.siww.com.sg/!I attended the Young Water Leaders Summit, which brings together young water leaders from around the world to engage in discussions on global water issues, empowering them to be effective catalysts for change in their regions and the world.

Selected participants will represent the voice of the youth in the Water Leaders Summit, providing an opportunity for young water leaders to interact and share their ideas with established global water leaders from the public and private sectors.

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Ms Grace Fu sharing valuable experiences and technology of Singapore’s water processing.
Besides some valuable sharing by Ms Grace Fu, together with 35 different countries’ young leaders, we had a dialogue session with Ms Fu, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs! Ms Grace Fu shared the importance of good water and good public health. From supply of water to collection of water to recycling of used water, it is now all done by PUB here. Marina Barrage has a catchment area of 10,000 hectares, or one-sixth the size of Singapore, the Marina catchment is the island’s largest and most urbanised catchment.
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Together with two other new reservoirs, the Marina Reservoir has increased Singapore’s water catchment from half to two-thirds of the country’s land area. Since 2002, NeWater stepped into our lives and though just slightly over a decade old, research to implement New Water started as early as 20-40 years before!! That’s definitely something new to me!!

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Some young leaders from France, Netherlands, Philippines, Korea, USA and South Africa voiced how impressed they are with of Singapore’s water system and asked how did it happen. What are the measures taken to protect water.Through school education and water rationing exercises done in the 60s, we have been taught how important water is. Being involved in the Singapore International Water Week just served as a reminder of how we need to have a sense of ownership of water and protect water. In other countries, water is treated as a natural occurrence so not treated previously.

Through this dialogue, I’ve increased my knowledge of water here in Singapore and through the sharing from other young leaders, I feel very lucky to be a Singaporean. Some of them shared the conditions they face back in their countries and how much they are impressed with our water technology and how we should share this technology with the other countries. Ms Grace Fu also shared that Singapore is always very eager to participate in Research and Development.

We have a different attitude, holding clear goals towards water sufficiency, while other countries may be protective of their water. We have also exported our technology to other parts of the world like China and Africa.

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I have also learnt that water has been placed key priority by the Government here in Singapore. Every policy has to bend their knees for water survival. To move towards water independence and self sufficiency, water has taken centre stage and priority; assuring water for our future. Head over to www.waterchatter.wordpress.com where you can read more posts on this beautiful topic!!

This article was kindly contributed by blogger Zoe Raymond. Check out more posts by Zoe on her blog.Interested to contribute to Water Chatter?
Drop an email to pubcomms@gmail.com or send us a message to our Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/siww.com.sg now!
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