Industry Visit – NeWater Plant
An industry visit to Changi NeWater plant took place on 22nd February 2013 under the supervision of Amity faculty, Aditya Gupta. It was for a duration of 3 hours and our guide in NeWater was Sharul Mustafa. The guide gave a brief history about Singapore and the reasons why this plant was started. It was a very informative and enriching experience that helped us in understanding the value of nature and optimizing use of limited resources. As a souvenir a bottle of NeWater was given to all the students. A detailed report about NeWater has been presented below:
NEWater is a term coined by the Public Utilities Board (PUB) for high-grade reclaimed water that has been purified with advanced membrane and ultraviolet technologies. NEWater is ultra-clean; it has passed more than 30,000 scientific tests and surpasses the World Health Organization's requirements for safe drinking water. It is the third "tap" in the "Four National Taps" strategy to provide Singapore with a sustainable and diversified supply of water. The other three taps are water from local catchments, imported water from Malaysia and desalinated water. NEWater is expected to meet 40% of Singapore's water needs by 2020. HISTORY
NEWater may sound like an overnight success for Singapore. But its evolution is a journey that spanned 3 decades. Singapore's first water masterplan was drawn up in 1972. In 1974, PUB built a pilot plant to turn used water into potable water. This was the precursor of today's NEWater factories. But it was ahead of its time. The costs were astronomical and the membranes were unreliable, so the idea was shelved to await further technological advancement. In 1998, the necessary technology had matured and driven production costs down. In May 2000, the first NEWater plant was completed. NOW
Currently, there are 4 NEWater plants in Singapore. The latest and the largest NEWater plant at Changi with a capacity of 50mgd was opened in May 2010. With this addition, coupled with the expansion of the existing plants, NEWater now meets 30% of Singapore’s total water demand. By 2060, NEWater is projected to meet 50% of Singapore’s future water demand.
Mission: To ensure an efficient, adequate & sustainable supply of water. Vision: Water for All: Conserve, Value, Enjoy
To value the environment, water resources and people; and to ensure value for money Ownership
To not merely represent PUB - Together WE ARE the PUB. Innovation
To relentlessly pursue knowledge and innovate to create value. Caring
Through respect and a positive work environment, to motivate their staff to develop their highest potential. Excellence
To provide service to our customers with Professionalism & Integrity.
In just four decades, Singapore has overcome water shortages despite its lack of natural water resources and pollution in its rivers. Driven by a vision of what it takes to be sustainable in water, Singapore has been investing in research and technology. Today, the nation has built a robust, diversified and sustainable water supply from four different sources known as the Four National Taps (water from local catchment areas, imported water, reclaimed water known as NEWater and desalinated water). By integrating the system and maximising the efficiency of each of the four taps, Singapore has ensured a stable, sustainable water supply that is weather resilient, capable of catering to the country’s continued growth. One of these Taps is the high-grade reclaimed water known as NEWater, a success story made possible by state-of-the-art membrane technologies. Such new technologies are a potential goldmine. The Singapore government has identified water as a new growth sector and will invest about S$330 million in water R&D in the next five years. Besides its strategic role, water is beautifying Singapore’s landscape and improving Singaporeans’ quality of life. By involving people as stakeholders of...
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