Start conserving water now

Start conserving water now
The Linggiu Reservoir in Johor in 2012. The reservoir’s water level affects Singapore’s ability to draw water from Malaysia’s Johor River.
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Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli has noted that Singaporeans may have to conserve water if the Linggiu Reservoir stock does not recover.

At what level would the authorities deem water conservation necessary?

Urgent action is required now, given the alarmingly drastic drop in the reservoir's water level to a record low.

Singapore should never take for granted the provision of any natural resource or basic need from any other country, regardless of treaty.

For one thing, natural forces beyond our control - such as a prolonged drought - may make treaties meaningless.

We should not wait for water levels to drop further before doing our part to conserve water.

We should turn off taps that are not in use, reduce shower time, use less air-conditioning and refrain from excessive washing of cars and from using water features.

Otherwise, we should expect to see the return of severe water rationing when the water level in Linggiu drops further.

Water is an extremely precious resource. If a human has no water for three days, death is a likely outcome.

We should be very careful with what we still have and make plans for further mitigating efforts, such as desalination of sea water.

Adam Tan


This article was first published on Nov 23, 2015.
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