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The United Nations World Water Development Report 2015

Volume I - Water for a Sustainable World; Volume II - Facing the Challenges, Case Studies and Indicators

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The 2015 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR 2015), titled Water for a Sustainable World, was launched at the official celebration of the World Water Day, on March 20. The WWDR 2015 demonstrates how water resources and services are essential to achieving global sustainability. Taking account of economic growth, social equity and environmental sustainability, the report’s forward-looking narrative describes how major challenges and change factors in the modern world will affect – and can be affected by – water resources, services and related benefits. The report provides a comprehensive overview of major and emerging trends from around the world, with examples of how some of the trend-related challenges have been addressed, their implications for policy-makers, and further actions that can be taken by stakeholders and the international community.

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Water recycling in Singapore

Since independence, Singapore grasped the necessity for diversification of its water supply to be able to meet future needs. While plans for water recycling emerged in the 1970s, cost and reliability concerns then suspended such activities until the maturation of membrane technology in the 1990s, allowing Singapore’s national water agency to revisit its plans for water recycling. In 2000, a full-scale demonstration plant was commissioned. This was followed by a comprehensive water sampling and analysis programme to determine the feasibility and dependability of water recycling for potable use. The first two water recycling plants were opened in 2003, accompanied by an awareness-raising and educational campaign to inform the public about the safety and purity of recycled water, branded ‘NEWater’. Thanks to continual investments by the government in water research and development and strong political will to achieve long-term water sustainability as well as national resilience against water scarcity, NEWater was successfully introduced and accepted by the public.

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