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The Four National Taps are in place today because of PUB's foresight in investing in research and development and advanced water technologies over the last few decades. Notwithstanding this, there is a need to continuously keep up with advancements in water technologies so as to find even more cost-efficient and effective ways of treating and producing water.

Recognising the potential for Singapore to become a leader in the water sector, the government pledged S$330 million in 2006 to spur the growth of the water industry through investments in R&D and grooming of specialised manpower. This is being used to drive high-impact breakthough R&D. Six public research centres in niche water areas have also been set up to provide specialised training and R&D services to the local industry.

Singapore has attracted many international water companies and research centres such as CH2M Hill, CDM, Black & Veatch, Siemens Water Technologies, GE Water and Process Technologies, and Nitto Denko to locate their operations and R&D centres here. The annual Singapore International Water Week is also the highlight of the calendar of the water industry and attracts more than 10,000 delegates each year.

Not only will these developments add to Singapore's economic vibrancy, it ensures that our integrated water management system can be continuously enhanced so that our water supply can remain truly sustainable. Moving forward, PUB will be focusing on four key areas of research and development.
 
     
  KEY AREAS OF WATER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT  
     
 
1. Increasing efficiencies in energy used in water treatment, namely.
  • Lowering energy requirements for desalination
• Developing alternatives to membrane technology
• Achieving energy self-sufficiency in used water treatment.
   
2. Enhancing water safety through real-time water quality monitoring and online data analysis.
   
3. Reducing evaporative water loss in reservoirs and industrial processes, especially for water intensive industries on Jurong island.
   
4. Developing Singapore as a "living laboratory" to test-bed integrated urban solutions. The 3-in-1 Marina Barrage is an example of an integrated urban solution, allowing water storage, flood control and recreational activities. Test-bedding allows companies to test their products and services under real conditions, which will help to fast-track the commercialisation of their technologies.
   
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  PUB's WaterHub, a centre for technology, learning and networking, houses the International Water Association, Singapore Water Association and R & D centres of other companies.  
 
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