PUB and Grundfos to develop sustainable water technologies together

Grundfos and PUB signed a memorandum of understanding to develop water technologies 

Global pumps leader Grundfos and PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the development of efficient water technologies and solutions.

Signed at the 2018 Singapore International Water Week (SIWW), the 3-year agreement supports PUB’s mission to ensure a robust and sustainable water supply in Singapore by working together to innovate new solutions in water treatment, water quality monitoring, efficient pump solutions, and digital water solutions.

“Water demand is rising across homes and businesses, and it is set to double by 2060. To meet this demand efficiently, it is imperative for Singapore to continue investing in research and development to secure our water supply for future generations,” PUB’s Assistant Chief Executive (Future Systems and Technology) Harry Seah said. “We are excited to strengthen our collaboration with Grundfos by sharing our expertise to develop sustainable water treatment solutions together.”

Building on an agreement established in 2014, the MoU extends the collaborations between Grundfos and PUB to continue to work together on research and development projects in the areas of water treatment technologies, water quality monitoring technologies and digital water solutions, as well as applications of high efficient pump solutions in water treatment. 

“This strategic agreement aligns to both PUB and Grundfos’ agenda on developing sustainable water supply solutions. We realise that this collaborative partnership can lead to potential solutions that will support not only Singapore’s efforts in ensuring a sustainable water supply, but can become a case study for other countries and cities as well,” Grundfos Regional Managing Director Asia Pacific, Kim Jensen added. “As a company, Grundfos is firmly committed to becoming a true global role model within water and climate.”

The 2014 agreement saw the development of two water innovation projects – the Cake Filtration project and the BACMON++ project. 

Completed last year, the Cake Filtration project was pilot-tested at the Kranji Water Reclamation Plant and explored a new wastewater treatment concept that used sludge generated from the treatment process to filter the wastewater. It offered an alternative solution for wastewater treatment with potentially lower operating costs and lower cost of materials compared to conventional filtration systems, but requires further development for use in local treatment processes. Grundfos is currently exploring possible applications of the technology.

The BACMON++ project is aimed at demonstrating and evaluating the operational value of applying Grundfos BACMON sensors in PUB’s water supply system. Grundfos BACMON technology offers on-line monitoring of total bacteria concentration in near real-time, improving current bacterial monitoring of the water network. Several BACMON sensors will be installed at suitable PUB service reservoirs for further testing. If successful, the BACMON sensors could be applied within PUB’s water supply network to ensure safe water storage and delivery.

(From left to right) PUB Chief Executive Ng Joo Hee, PUB Assistant Chief Executive Harry Seah, Danish Ambassador Her Excellency Dorte Bech Vizard, Grundfos Regional Managing Director Kim Jensen and Grundfos Head of Innovation Hub Gao Xin

The MOU was signed by Harry Seah and Kim Jensen on behalf of the two organisations, and witnessed by Ng Joo Hee, Chief Executive of PUB and Dorte Bech Vizard, Ambassador, Danish Embassy in Singapore.