Singapore’s water is not for sale! But you can rent it.
The government of Singapore doesn’t want you to think of water as something you can use once and dispose of forever. They not only want citizens to see water as something valuable, but also something that they’ll use and return to a greater system.
"We’re renting you the water," said George Madhavan, the director of the Public Utilities Board or PUB.
Singapore is working towards water independence. Currently, the country has a long-term contract to import water from its northern neighbor, Malaysia. Imported water accounts for about 30 percent of the nation’s supply, but Singapore wants to meet a higher percent of the country’s water demand through domestic sources. Supporting technology-driven efforts to recycle water while at the same time promoting conservation are the two major ways Singapore aims to achieve its goal.
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