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PlanetSave, 12 Jul 05

Singapore opens fourth recycling plant to turn sewage into water
Written by AP

Today Online, 13 Jul 05
Newater at lower prices in the future
by Jasmine Yin

INDUSTRIES in Jurong, Tuas and Jurong Island will be able to use Newater when Singapore's fourth and largest Newater factory at Ulu Pandan is completed next year.

The Ulu Pandan Newater factory designed, owned and to be built and operated for 20 years by Keppel Integrated Engineering (KIE) will have a daily production capacity exceeding the total amount of treated used water now produced by all three Newater factories at Bedok, Kranji and Seletar.

Mr Raymond Lim, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Finance and Foreign Affairs, was at yesterday's foundation-laying ceremony. He said the latest factory would, by leveraging on the experiences of the first three factories, lower production costs through the economies of scale, productivity gains and more competitive membrane technologies. This means Newater customers will be able to enjoy reduced prices.

As a private sector player, KIE will also have the flexibility to innovate and add value. Mr Lim gave the assurance that Newater quality would not be compromised as the Public Utilities Board would work closely with KIE.

PlanetSave, 12 Jul 05
Singapore opens fourth recycling plant to turn sewage into water
Written by AP

SINGAPORE (AP) Singapore on Tuesday opened its fourth recycling plant designed to turn sewage into water, as part of the water-scarce island nation's move to self-sufficiency. The plant in Ulu Pandan, just outside the Central Business District, is the largest in the country and will supply water for downtown business air conditioners by 2006, Junior Finance Minister Raymond Lim said at its opening.

No further details on the plant's capacity were provided.

Singapore, which has for decades been largely reliant on neighboring Malaysia for its water, has made self-sustainability one of its national priorities since a recent breakdown in talks over water imports. The first of its water import deals with Malaysia ends in 2011.

Separately, the country's environment minister, Yaacob Ibrahim, said Monday the administration was looking to turn 90 percent of the entire island into fresh water catchment areas.

Both Lim and Yaacob said there was a need to get Singapore's 4.2 million citizens to conserve and appreciate their water sources. ``The intention is to get more people closer to water, to build a relationship with it so that they will regard the reservoirs as a resource to cherish,'' Yaacob said.

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