Keeping Singapore safe with water rate hike, $100 vouchers and Terrexes in the field

Feb 08, 2017 08.42AM |

THE price of water will go up this year after 17 years, and the hike will pay for Singapore’s increased reliance on more expensive sources of water like desalination plants and NEWater, which make up about 25 per cent of supply. Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli framed the new pricing as a way to boost Singapore’s water security.

Cheaper water sources – local catchment and water from Johor – have not been able to supply all of Singapore’s 430 million gallon per day consumption, especially when weather patterns are erratic. A price hike will better represent the current cost of consumption.

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By 2060, about the time our water deal with Malaysia ends, Singapore will rely on desalination and NEWater for 85 per cent of its supply, and total consumption is expected to be double what it is today. Guess water will be even more costly then.

Will higher prices make us more mindful of how much we use? The current average consumption per person per day is about 151 litres, and PUB hopes to reduce this to 147 litres per day by 2020, and 140 litres per day by 2030. Someone’s got to show me where all of that 151 litres goes.

Have you served your National Service? To mark 50 years of NS, more than a million Singaporeans who have ever served or are currently serving NS will get $100 worth of vouchers and one year’s free membership to Safra or HomeTeamNS. You’ll get your vouchers in the mail.

The goodies are part of a year-long celebration of NS and those who served, so expect a series of events to mark the occasion, including an NS50 Week, to be held from Aug 1 to 10.

Service to the nation will start again for the nine Terrex Infantry Carriers that returned to Singapore last week after being seized by Hong Kong for two months. Inspections of the vehicles have concluded and they will be put back into action.

Finally, on the job front, Minister of Manpower Lim Swee Say spoke out against Surbana Jurong’s labelling of terminated workers as “poor performers”. He answered questions in Parliament about the case, which were mostly clarifications on process and standards pertaining to terminations and performance appraisals. The option to file an appeal with MOM is open to any worker who believes he has been unfairly dismissed.



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