Singapore ties up with Maharashtra to minimise water wastage

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Singapore, Jun 27 (UNI) Singapore's national water agency, Public Utilities Board (PUB), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (the Maharashtra Water Supply and Sanitation Board) to collaborate on projects that minimise water wastage and improve infrastructure in Indian cities and towns.

The MOU was inked yesterday at the Singapore International Water Week, a global gathering for the water industry, during a forum designed to promote business opportunities in India's fast-growing water market.

The MOU would facilitate collaboration between the PUB and Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP), as well as promote participation by Singapore-based companies in urban water management in Maharashtra, the second most populous state in India, with major cities such as Mumbai and Pune.

Areas of cooperation would include leak detection and reduction in unaccounted-for water (UFW); water and wastewater treatment and recycling; emerging technologies and best practices in water reuse; the management of urban runoff; management of water supply and demand; and institutional capacity building.

One of the first projects identified under the MOU would transform the intermittent water supply in the town of Ambernath, near Mumbai, the PUB said in a statement.

Ambernath's population of 2,70,000 has water for only three to four hours a day, and there was a high level (21 per cent) of UFW.

The plan is to introduce a round-the-clock water supply and reduce UFW, with the PUB sharing its capabilities in integrated water resource and demand management, and the secrets to Singapore's five per cent UFW rate, which was one of the world's lowest.

Singapore-based companies such as pipeline rehabilitation specialists Teacly (S) Pte Ltd would work with the MJP and Indian partner companies on MOU projects.

PUB's wholly-owned subsidiary, PUB Consultants Pte Ltd, would act as technical consultants.

The MOU signatories were Dr Sanjay Dahasahasra, Member Secretary, MJP, and Khoo Teng Chye, Chief Executive, PUB.

Singapore has signed a similar MoU with Bahrain, the UAE and Teijin city of China.

Some 5,000 delegates from more than 60 countries attended the Singapore International Water Week, in which a series of conferences and networking meetings were held this week in Singapore.

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