SINGAPORE - The Public Utilities Board (PUB), Singapore's national water agency, has inked an agreement which will see it collaborate with resources management firm SUEZ environnement on research in smart water and energy-efficient water technologies.
The agreement, which is supported by the Economic Development Board (EDB), will see the two parties collaborate on three research projects in used water treatment, storm water management, and automated meter reading.
Both parties will co-operate to use information and communication technologies and analytical software solutions to develop a smart water grid.
This includes the development of a decision support tool for storm water management, and automated meter reading to track water consumption which will potentially induce proactive water conservation by consumers.
Both parties will also partner on a pilot project to develop an energy-efficient used water treatment process by integrating smart monitoring and advanced control strategies.
The agreement was signed by PUB Chief Technology Officer, Mr Harry Seah, and SUEZ environnement Senior Vice President in charge of Innovation, Mr Paul-Joel Derian, at an event witnessed by Environment and Water Resources Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan.
"PUB is always on the lookout for innovative water solutions, and the best way forward is through R&D collaborations which allow the various parties to mutually leverage on synergies gained from marrying expertiese and technological resources," said Mr Seah.
Mr Derian added that smart water technolgies would provide Singapore authorities and residents with new services to be actively involved in resource management, and meet Singapore's determination to become a sustainable city.
The projects will be supported by the TechPioneer grant, administered by EDB, which encourages water companies to tap on Singapore as a living laboratory to test and commercialise cutting edge technologies in a real-life environment.