PUB, Singapore’s national water agency initiates the Water Technology Roadshow to profile promising water research projects happening in Singapore and promote industry uptake for further development.
With small land size, limited natural resources and increasing water demand in tandem with the growth of our population and economy, Singapore is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most water-stressed countries. And in the face of climate change, the city-state is also vulnerable to effects such as increasing temperatures, rising sea levels and more extreme weather events.
To overcome these challenges, PUB, Singapore’s national water agency, has invested greatly to push forth R&D in the water domain to develop a water system that is adequate, resilient, and sustainable. Over the years, R&D efforts have helped PUB adapt to the evolving needs of the industry and the onset of climate change. The efforts will continue to guide PUB in navigating through emerging challenges, especially in its latest role as the national Coastal Protection Agency.
Such R&D efforts not only foster water research excellence within the Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) such as Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), they have also seeded the growth of dedicated translation centres such as the Environmental and Water Technology Centre of Innovation (EWTCOI) and Separation Technologies Applied Research and Translation Centre (START).
As the water agency’s investment begin to bear fruit and technologies mature, more focus is placed on strengthening the nexus between academia, research institutions and the industry. Moreover, the agency places high importance to ensure research outcomes of the laboratory are translated and commercialised into processes, products, and services for the market, to ultimately generate economic and societal payoffs for Singapore
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