Second Singapore desalination plant to be launched soon

Singapore will soon be unveiling plans for a second desalination plant, Teo Chee Hean, deputy prime minister and minister for defence, said at the opening ceremony for the Singapore International Water Week on 28 June 2010.

The new plant will be built on a design-build-own-operate approach, based on a public private sector partnership “to enhance supply efficiency and help keep the cost of water as affordable as possible,” said the minister.

“Water reuse and desalination will play a bigger role as key sources of water supply,” he forecasted. “In the long term, Singapore plans to triple its current NEWater capacity and ramp up desalination capacity by almost 10 times so that these two sources are able to meet 50% and 30% of our future water demand in the long term, should this be necessary.”

PUB, Singapore’s national water agency, also released a new publication Water for All: Conserve, Value, Enjoy – Meeting our water needs for the next 50 years. The publication presents Singapore’s long-term plan for water for the next 50 years