Water Institute weighs in on water scarcity leading up to Singapore International Water Week

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

singapore international water week water institute boothFacing potential water supply challenges, Singapore is employing the world’s leading research and enterprise and is on track to becoming almost 85 per cent self-sufficient by 2060. Hosting its biennial Singapore International Water Week is just one of the ways the country serves as a hub of water innovation. The Water Institute has joined stakeholders and other water leaders at this event in the past; it will again be present at the July 8-11 event.

At right: Water Institute booth at the Canada pavilion in 2016. From left, Water Institute representatives Kevin Boehmer and Roy Brouwer with Ian Rowlands, then Interim Associate Vice-President, International, University of Waterloo.

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With water at the forefront of discussion in Singapore, leading up to the event, Water Institute executive director, Roy Brouwer, was interviewed by The Edge Singapore, a business and investment weekly. As Singapore looks proactively ahead to the end of its water supply agreement with Malaysia, on which it currently depends for 50 per cent of its water supply, water resource economists like Brouwer are weighing in on water scarcity and its associated costs:

“Water is becoming more scarce, as a result of overuse and water pollution, resulting in higher treatment costs,” he says. “[Water infrastructure] fixed costs can be high. The costs of water supply usually decrease marginally as the supply capacity is being used more efficiently over time, but these costs may rise sharply again once the supply capacity has been reached,” he explains.

Read the full story in The Edge Singapore.

Managing director Kevin Boehmer will share information on the research of Water Institute members and continue to cultivate positive relationships with water experts from around the world at the Canadian Pavilion this year.

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