Singapore’s reclaimed water, Newater, has won a best-practices award from the United Nations for the outreach and public education surrounding it, said national water agency PUB.
PUB chief executive Chew Men Leong received the “Water for Life” United Nations Water (UN-Water) Best Practices 2014 award in the participatory, communication, awareness-raising and education practices category, during a special ceremony held in commemoration of World Water Day 2014 in Tokyo, Japan yesterday.
Newater was one of nine nominations in that category.
The other category is for best water management practices, for which 25 nominations were received from around the world.
The annual UN-Water awards recognise practices that ensure the long-term sustainable management of water resources.
Newater, introduced into reservoirs here in 2003, is ultra-pure reclaimed water produced from treated used water using advanced membrane technologies.
Singapore’s current Newater production capacity can meet up to 30% of its daily water needs. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network