Govt to ramp up infrastructure to create self-sufficient, sustainable environment [News]
By Monica Kotwani, Channel NewsAsia, 12 Mar 2013.
The government will ramp up infrastructure to cater to create a self-sufficient and sustainable environment, which will be through projects such as the second phase of the Deep Tunnel Sewarage System, and the second desalination plant in Tuas.
Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan shared these details in his Ministry’s Committee of Supply debate speech on Tuesday.
The first phase of the Deep Tunnel Sewerage System was completed in 2008. The 48-kilometre (km) “superhighway for used water” comprises a network of tunnels, link sewers and pipes from Kranji to Changi, with a centralised water reclamation plant in Changi.
In Parliament, Dr Balakrishnan announced that work on Phase two of the system would begin soon.
The 18-km network, scheduled to be completed by 2022, will serve the western part of Singapore, and come equipped with a new Water Reclamation Plant in Tuas.
The Plant will come with integrated NEWater facilities.
Dr Balakrishnan said Phase two will further improve Singapore’s overall recycling rate and enhance Singapore’s water sustainability.
He also said the second desalination plant in Tuas is due to be completed in July.
The first was the SingSpring Desalination Plant, which opened in 2005.
Dr Balakrishnan said the second desalination plant would add another 70 million gallons of water a day, and in the long run, meet about a quarter of the nation’s total water demand.
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Source: Channel NewsAsia