This year marks the 60th anniversary of PUB.
From the early days of widespread floods and pollution and the daunting challenge of providing adequate water for a growing nation, PUB has worked tirelessly to build a diversified and sustainable water supply through the Four National Taps. Today, PUB is well regarded as one of the world’s leading water utilities. Our tap water is also one of the best in the world, with its quality well within the World Health Organization’s (WHO) guidelines for drinking-water standards. It is suitable for direct drinking from the tap without further filtration.
Over 60 years, PUB has turned challenge into strength, advancing Singapore’s water security. This is made possible by long term planning and continuous innovation and investment in new technologies to meet Singapore’s water needs. Our Water Story is a testament to what we can achieve through bold vision, ingenuity and a strong can-do spirit of our pioneers together with generations of our people in PUB, working towards a common goal.
Looking forward, we will continue to innovate and chart new frontiers and write the next chapters for Our Water Future.
PUB commemorates our 60th anniversary in 2023 to celebrate our achievements in developing a resilient and sustainable water system for Singapore, providing clean, safe and reliable water for everyone.
The PUB 60 logo uses the same shades of blue from the PUB logo, which symbolises the different water sources – seawater, reclaimed water (NEWater) and catchment water.
The design of “60” is adapted from the swirls from the PUB corporate logo. It is crafted into an infinity symbol using a continuous ribbon, which symbolises using water in an endless loop and a sustainable water future with infinite possibilities.
Climate change will have a significant impact on our water sources - prolonged dry spell will threaten our water sustainability; more intense rain will increase the risk of flooding, while long-term sea level rise will inundate Singapore’s coastal areas.
PUB will continue to ensure a resilient and sustainable water system for Singapore to meet increased water demand and prepare Singapore for the long-term challenges of climate change and rising sea levels.
To build a more sustainable future, PUB is also stepping up efforts to decarbonise through a 3R strategy – Replace, Reduce and Remove to reduce carbon emissions from water treatment processes and operations. Some initiatives include deployment of floating solar panels on our reservoirs, and ongoing research to reduce energy usage in desalination and innovative solutions for carbon capture.
We continue to call on everyone to play a part in conserving water to protect the environment, in keeping our waterways clean, and in caring for Singapore's precious water resources.
Together, we will build a more resilient and sustainable water future for generations to come.