Use less water, PM Lee urges as water resources dwindle

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Representative pic of a reservoir (Shihmen reservoir, Taiwan) Credit: Pixabay
Representative pic of a reservoir (Shihmen reservoir, Taiwan) Credit: Pixabay

It is indeed an ironic age that we live in. In “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, Samuel Taylor Coleridge says “Water, Water everywhere, Nor any drop to drink. Those of us who live in the Anthropocene age are living a testament to these lines. Even as temperatures rise and massive Antarctic glaciers melt, reports of large populations lacking adequate portable water stream in. Despite climate change deniers and naysayers across the world, nations are rapidly adapting to the challenges of a warmer and perhaps drier world.

A strong technophilic political leadership has made sure that Singapore has stayed one step ahead of the rest in adopting renewable energy sources, climate change efforts and water conservation. Through PUB’s long-term efforts in water conservation, Singapore’s per capita domestic water consumption dropped from 165 liters per day in 2003 to the current 151 liters. Recently, the government under the leadership of PM Lee Hsien Loong has made the effort to sensitize citizens amid the rising worries about falling water levels at Johor’s Linggiu reservoir.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, speaking at an event to promote environmental awareness, urged citizens to play an active part in water conservation efforts.

“Droughts and water shortages are becoming more common,” he said. “Linggiu Reservoir in Johor, which supplies water to Singapore, is very dry. Right now, (it is) less than one-quarter full, only 22 per cent. And that slightly improved because it rained last week.”

“Sustainability also depends on each one of us, how we live our daily lives and how we adjust our habits to be greener,” PM Lee said.

Calling the 22 per cent figure worrying, he reiterated the importance of water conservation efforts and the crucial role Singapore must undertake for a sustainable future.

Environment and water resources minister Masagos Zulkifli further stressed on the current scenario and the mitigation efforts against it. “When there is a drought up north… it affects our total water supply. We must… ensure our water supply is weather resilient, and take steps to conserve water use.”

We at Biotechinasia, urge readers from Singapore and around the world to work towards a future where conservation is a way of life and not merely a sporadic effort. Singapore is working towards reducing the daily consumption of water from 140 to 130 liters per day by 2030.