…because Singapore just officially opened its first government-owned and operated desalination plant (hoorayy), the Tuas Desalination plant, on Tuesday June 28 (or should I say Tuas-day). Having a capacity of 30 million gallons per day and costing S$217 million, the new plant is a strategic infrastructural asset that would be able to meet the water demand of about 200,000 households. Another interesting feature is that half of its root surface will be covered with solar panels, which will be installed by the end of the year and cover more than 7000 square meters (yay for the environment). While the plant’s compactness (only occupying about 3.5 hectares) could pose challenges during maintenance work due to the minimum space available, the introduction of the new plant is another momentous milestone in Singapore’s water quest, which has always been a political soft-spot in its relation with Malaysia.

(Featured photo taken from hsl.com.sg)

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