Declined water supply in Singapore, urged people for water conservation and less consumption.
Singapore relied high percentage of its water supply from Malaysia. An imports water from Johor state through a pipeline. Malaysia provides Singapore about half of its water, and now wants to renegotiate two agreements, dateback to the 1960s.
The water supply became big issue upon the two countries. Malaysia began to apply pressure over the quoted water price. Being dependent of its water supply to Malaysia, water has been a source of dispute between the two countries but both countries experienced drier weather this year.
In the statement of Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan saying, the water levels at the Linggiu Reservoir in Johor are at about 55 per cent of normal levels, which is “unprecedented” since the reservoir started its operations in 1995.
The climate change makes nature’s sources less reliable as to Singapore faced problem on its water supply. The country is focusing on its desalinated water taps. Campaigns have been implemented, urging people to conserve water and reduce daily water consumption. The target is to lower it to 140 litres by 2030. Dry weather phenomenon expected to affect the water supply from Singapore’s own reservoirs which stores rainwater and even in the river as well.
Dr Balakrishnan said that water restrictions — such as halting the running of water features for aesthetic reasons — are possible if dry weather continues, but does not envisage water rationing.
Malaysia as significant water provider to Singapore, however, two countries faced dry weather. To deal with its water problem, Singapore constructed second and larger desalination plant as it wants to pump up recycled stocks which satisfy as much as four-fifths of total consumption.IMAGE/www.greatnewplaces.com