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     FrontPage Edition: Fri 16 September 2005

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Singapore's first desalination plant for water supply opens

Source: www.gov.sg

SPEECH BY MR LEE HSIEN LOONG,PRIME MINISTER, AT THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE SINGSPRING DESALINATION PLANT, 13 SEPTEMBER 2005, 6.45 PM AT TUAS SOUTH AVENUE 1

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Today (13 Sep 2005), another source of water comes on stream 每 desalinated water.
The SingSpring Desalination Plant is Singapore*s first desalination plant for water supply, and the largest seawater reverse-osmosis plant in the world.
It can produce 30 million gallons (or 136,000 cu m) per day of potable water. The plant is also the first project to be awarded to a private company under the Public-Private Partnership or PPP approach.
SingSpring designed and built the plant, and will own and operate it to supply water to PUB under a long-term contract.
For Singapore, an island in the sea, desalination is a natural solution. Desalination provides a steady source of water, unaffected by variations in rainfall.
With desalinated water, NEWater, imported water from Johor and local catchment water, we will have four National Taps providing a diversified, reliable and cost-effective supply of water for Singapore.
We have come this far in tackling the water challenge because of the determination and ingenuity of our people. We could not have succeeded without the cooperation and concerted support of all Singaporeans, who have done their part over the years to conserve water and make the most of our national water sources. It is an achievement that we can all be proud of.
But we must continue to work together to secure our future water needs. For Singa­pore, water will always be a strategic resource, and not just an economic commodity.
Water is for us not an inexhaustible gift of nature, but a precious fruit of our efforts which we must husband and use wisely.
We must also keep our catchment areas and waterways 每 the drains, canals and rivers 每 clean, as they flow into our reservoirs which eventually supply water to our homes. All of us 每 individuals, the community and the industry 每 have a part to play in this effort.

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Source: www.gov.sg Media Release 13 Sep 2005

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