This is a guide to all things at the intersection of Water, Singapore and social change. Feel free to edit if you’d like to improve it!

Overview


See Water Resources Articles and Water Resource Events.

Key People


Names are provided alphabetically, with links provided to LinkedIn accounts where available, else Facebook. Expertise in this area is based on past or current experience, and if there is a link to Singapore in some way.

Flaminia Lilli, Koh Lian Hock, Lim Chee Leong

International Initiatives


The Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) is intended to strengthen national measures for the protection and ecologically sound management of transboundary surface waters and groundwaters. The Convention obliges Parties to prevent, control and reduce water pollution from point and non-point sources.

Akvo.org helps donors and doers reach out to fund many thousands of new water and sanitation projects. Akvopedia works just like Wikipedia. It is filled with information on smart and affordable water and sanitation technology in rural or urban settings. Anyone can contribute knowledge and edit Akvopedia. Local field workers get access to new ideas for their projects, and can share knowledge in new ways.

The Global Water Challenge consolidates efforts and mobilizes the international community to meet the world's water challenges. Its mission is to generate a global movement to help meet the urgent need for safe water and sanitation.

The CEO Water Mandate recognizes that the business sector, through the production of goods and services, impacts water resources – both directly and through supply chains. Endorsing CEOs acknowledge that in order to operate in a more sustainable manner, and contribute to the vision of the UN Global Compact and the realization of the Millennium Development Goals, they have a responsibility to make water-resources management a priority, and to work with governments, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders to address this global water challenge.

SG Networks & Associations


The Public Utilities Board aims to secure an adequate supply of water at affordable cost. As the national water agency, PUB is responsible for the collection, production, distribution and reclamation of water in Singapore.

SG Organisations & Companies


Lien Aid is a non-governmental organization that seeks to build a firm foundation for human development by making safe water and sanitation accessible and affordable to poor communities in Asia.

CANACT is a social enterprise that transforms caring into action by engaging youths, aid agencies and companies in developing solutions to address the global water crisis.

Waterways Watch Society is a special volunteer group tasked to bring people together to monitor, restore and protect the aesthetics of our waterways. It is an independent group of volunteers working towards the same objective as other green groups however concentrating more on our waterways with an identity of its own and led by a committee of volunteers. Facebook group

Hyflux is a provider of integrated water management and environmental solutions with operations and projects around the world.

The Netherlands Water House will also promote Dutch knowledge and expertise in water technology and water management in Singapore and other regional countries.

Water Initiative for Securing Health is a NGO focused on providing water for countries in Asia.

Singapore International Foundation's Water For Life projects engages Singaporean volunteers to participate in overseas trips to neighbouring countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar) to carry out water-related projects such as the installation of tube wells, biosand filters and membrane filters.

Key Projects


Singapore International Water Week is the global platform that brings policymakers, industry leaders, experts and practitioner to address challenges, showcase technologies, discover opportunities and celebrate achievements in the water world.

International Coastal Cleanup Singapore is coordinated by volunteers of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research of the National University of Singapore. The programme is strongly supported by Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve, Waterways Watch Society and numerous local and international schools, institutions and organisations.

My Water Bottle is a non-profit campaign to encourage more Singaporeans to use their own refillable water bottles, instead of buying or taking single-use bottled water. This campaign is initiated by Green Future Solutions, a Singapore-based business that promotes environmental awareness and action for a green future.

Naqua is a project initiated by students from SMU-ISE which seeks to alleviate water sanitation and hygiene problems in the rural communities of Asia. The project is in its initial stage of implementation with a pilot project in the Terai region of Nepal. The key concept of Naqua is to build Kanchian Arsenic Filters in schools so that children can have access to arsenic-free water, and using this as a platform to educate the rest of the village about the dangers and risks of drinking from untreated sources and various household water treatment techniques. Join their Facebook group.


The Dow Live Earth Run for Water is the largest single-day effort in history aimed at raising awareness and funds for the safe drinking water crisis. The events consisted of a series of 6km run/walks (symbolic of the average distance many women and children walk every day to secure water), many of which were combined with live concerts and water education activities to ignite a global movement for clean, safe, drinking water. Lien Aid was the non-profit beneficiary.

Environmental Endeavour aims to bring clean water and sanitation to poor communities in the region through a fresh injection of expertise and partners, and an inaugural environmental fellowship programme.

Coca Cola Company is involved in more than 250 community water partnerships in 70 countries to support locally relevant initiatives, such as watershed protection; expanding community drinking water and sanitation access; agricultural water use efficiency; and education and awareness programs.

The Water for Life photo contest and exhibition is organised by the Singapore International Foundation, to engage and educate the Singapore public on water issues facing our world today.

Key Publications & Videos



Our Water, Our Future sets out the water strategies and plans the Public Utilities Board will be undertaking in the next 50 years to expand Singapore’s capacities on water supply, used water management and drainage, to face the challenges of urbanisation, climate change, and rising cost of energy. It also reinforces the need for continual investment in research and development on water technology to seek more cost effective ways of treating, recycling and supplying water.

The Children of Mekong is a multimedia project that hopes to humanise water and sanitation issues in rural Asia. It covers floating communities in Cambodia, Vietnam’s rice fields and China’s mountain villages, showing life in places where access to potable water and toilets remains a pipe dream. This project was commissioned by Lien Aid, a Singapore-based NGO that seeks to build a firm foundation for human development by making safe water and sanitation accessible and affordable to poor communities in Asia. You can find all the videos on Logue’s Vimeo site.

The Blue Right is a water rights campaign which seeks to highlight the water issues faced by Asia’s developing communities and showcase the developmental efforts of Environmental Endeavour 2, a partnership between the Lien Foundation and NTU.

Lian Yuan Gong Cheng (A water project by Lien Aid in Yunnan, China)

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