Singapore International Water Week


SIWW stands for Singapore International Water Week.
& it is taking place from 1st-5th June 2014 at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre.
 
SIWW is the global platform to share and co-create innovative water solutions.
 
Each year, stakeholders from the global water industry will gather at SIWW to share business opportunities as well as showcase the latest water technologies. It is also part of the strategic programme of the Singapore Government to grow the water industry and develop water technologies!

At SIWW, you'll be able to experience Singapore's "living laboratory" and explore how sustainable water management is essential to liveable cities. This year, SIWW will be focusing on these 4 themes: Municipal Water, Industrial Water, Integrated City-Environment-Water and Future of Water.
 
 
Save Water For the Future.
(found this picture online and I just love how a simple picture like this can be so impactful)
(image taken from: http://nishad2m8.deviantart.com/art/save-water-157324872)
 
Conserving water is part of our daily lives and we ALL have a part to play.
Since my primary education, we've been taught to "save water" for the future. Because Singapore's natural water resources are limited, we all have to keep in mind that every bit of water conservation counts. In just four decades, Singapore has overcome water shortages and water pollution in its rivers. From much research and development, the NEWater was created where we get clean and safe drinking recycled water.
 
I feel that innovative technologies play a big part in not just Singapore, but global water situation. In the next 30 years, the world's population is expected to increase by 45% whilst freshwater runoff is to increase by 10%. By 2020, it has been predicted that water shortage will be a serious global problem.
 
The LKYWP, Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize, is the highlight of the SIWW, where it honours outstanding contributions by individuals or organisation waters solving the world's water problems by applying innovative technologies or implementing policies and programmes which benefit humanity.
 
As you can already tell, this prestigious international award is named after Singapore's first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, whose foresight and leadership has enabled Singapore to attain a sustainable water supply.

 
The winner for the this year's LKYWP goes to Orange County Water District (OCWD), where they will receive S$300,000, a certificate and a gold medallion at the award ceremony which will be held during the SIWW.
 
The impact of their successful water reuse programme extends far beyond the just United States and has been replicated in countries such as Australia and Singapore to achieve water sustainability through water reuse, benefitting millions in the process. OCWD evolved through the years and remains at the forefront of innovation in water treatment and reuse worldwide. 
 
OCWD, the pioneer in groundwater management & water reuse.
OCWD, the role model in shaping public policy and community outreach.
 
OCWD manages the large groundwater basin that provides reliable, high quality groundwater to 19 municipal and special water districts, serving 2.4 million customers in northern & central Orange County in California. The groundwater basin has been valued at over $4 billion and must be sustainably managed for future generations. OCWD is committed to constantly improving Orange County’s groundwater quality and reliability in an environmentally friendly way.
 
 With years of sound planning and appropriate investment in the groundwater basin, OCWD has more than doubled its output of water that has been extracted from the basin and supplied to the municipal and special water districts. The basin, which is larger than the largest reservoir in Southern California, has helped Orange County weather multi-year droughts in Southern California. It also provides an emergency backup supply of water for citizens living outside OCWD in southern Orange County.
 
 
Now, I'm going to do what I can to help.
By pledging!
 


The #SIWWPledge aims to increase global awareness of pressing water challenges via the influence of social media to reach out to all and to rally the global water community towards a common water cause.
 
For every pledge given, S$1 will be donated to Water.org.
 

This is where I pledged: http://www.campaign.com/SIWWPledge/
 
- Upload a selfie
- Share your pledge!
 
Mine was "To help conserve water, I will turn off the tap & fill up a mug of water when brushing my teeth instead of letting the water run"
 
 
 
Once done, you can see your pictures amongst the hundred others who have taken their pledge too!

Let's all take a step towards ensuring a sustainable water supply for our future generations.
This tiny action from you can help our futre.
 
Take your pledge today!
 
If you are interested to find out more about SIWW, visit www.waterchatter.wordpress.com!
 

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