Did you know that tiny Singapore, at just over 700km² has 17 reservoirs? Unbelievably, two thirds of Singapore is used as catchment area to capture the rain runoffs from storms that frequently pound our tropical island. At least this is what our public water agency tells us, in addition to reminding us to reduce water use.
Wherever you are (if you are reading this), you should too!
Casting our research around a little, it is clear that water is likely to be the source of a lot of conflict in the future. We read about how countries dispute over who has the right to alter the flow of the rivers or build dams upstream. Pollution is obviously another serious challenge, not just from industrial activities but also from agricultural run offs. Bad water habits have seen water per capita use rise alarmingly too.
We have observed how neighbouring countries with a seemingly larger hinterland can run into water shortages. And we are all countries in the tropics! Where it rains almost every day in the year. Especially with the La Nina phenomena which suggests a wetter southeast Asia.
If there is truly any commitment, it is to practice the 3Rs when it comes to water: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle:
- Reduce water handprint – don’t leave taps running, use the economical wash options on the machines etc.
- Don’t just throw away water, use them to flush the toilets! Reuse.
- Recycle – now that’s a tough one for us individuals, but in Singapore the waste water is treated and turned into both industrial water (non potable) and drinking water!
If we as individuals simply practice in daily life the first two Rs, it will already be impactful. Remember : “little drops of water a mighty ocean makes”.
Being self sufficient for water is a critical strategy for long term sustainability and survival of our little red dot. Water is life and without it, there is no living. Marina barrage was commissioned in 2010 as our country’s 15th reservoir.
Read more about how to visit the barrage and what you can see there. And marvel at what our little red dot has done.