By Vimita Mohandas, Channel NewsAsia, 22 Mar 2013.
The government says that maintaining a stable supply of water against rising energy costs is a key challenge for Singapore.
This is because Singapore has been turning to technology to convert waste water into potable water – which requires energy.
Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, said this at the launch of the “Singapore Water Story” book on Friday.
The book charts Singapore’s success in its water strategies over the last five decades.
It also discusses Singapore’s evolving framework to meet current demands on industrial and domestic water uses. Readers will also learn about the implementation of pricing and the mandatory water conservation strategies.
But experts say hurdles remain ahead.
PUB chairman Tan Gee Paw said: “The big challenge would be to ensure sustainability of supply against rising energy costs. The sustainability of the water supply is extremely important to us. Then there’s the issue of water security, going into the future, because of climate change and the threat of drought.”
Dr Balakrishnan said the success of the Singapore water story is a combination of getting the right formula of politics, economics and technology.
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Singapore, 20 April 2012 – Members of the public will now be able to better monitor their energy consumption and adjust their usage to save energy and money. The National Environment Agency (NEA) has developed two new mobile applications (apps) – “NEA Energy Audit” and “Life Cycle Cost Calculator” – to help the public track energy consumption and calculate the overall energy costs over an appliance’s lifespan. In addition, an Android version of NEA’s popular “myENV” has also been released.
These new apps were launched at today’s Youth for the Environment Day at Dunman High School, graced by Guest of Honour – Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources.
These efforts aim to use technology to enhance NEA’s public outreach by sharing environmental information on mobile and social media platforms. By leveraging technology to keep the public informed, they can be empowered to practise good environmental habits. For instance, the new energy efficiency apps will help people save on energy consumption and money. Members of the public can also contribute positively to the environment by reducing energy usage, thereby helping to mitigate climate change. Read more