Is Tap Water in Singapore Safe to Drink? (2019)

Can you drink tap water in Singapore? It is safe to drink straight from the tap, says the PUB.

The PUB is the legal board of the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources accountable for acquiring, disseminating, producing, and reclaiming water to ensure sustainable and efficient water supply for Singapore. They are also known as the National Water Agency.

To sustain the quality of tap water in Singapore, they are checking the rooftop water tanks at least once a year. The World Health Organisation and the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s recognized Singapore’s tap water as well within the international guidelines. No need for further filtration or boiling to drink tap water.

“PUB takes a close view of the safety of our water rations to customers,” said the PUB. “Should there be lapses, the PUB will not hesitate to take enforcement.” If lapses found, owners will face a fine of up to $10,000, up to a year imprisonment or both.

Source of Water in Singapore

  • Water Catchment – Water collected from rainfall and used water. How to collect rainwater? Through an extensive network of drains, canals, and rivers. Water routed to reservoirs before treatment. On the other hand, used water obtained in underground pipes that head to a recycling plant. Separate methods guarantee that the waterways are free of contamination.
Tap Water in Singapore
  • Imported Water – Singapore can allure up to 250 million gallons of water a day from Johor river. In return, they are required to provide up to 2% treated water to Johor river following the water agreement in 1962. Added deal in 1990 composed by PUB that Linggiu Reservoir will free water into the Johor river to supplements its flow.
  • NEWater – method converts our treated used water into ultra-clean, high-grade reclaimed water, cushioning our water supply against dry weather and moving Singapore towards water sustainability. Now, five NEWater plants are fulfilling up to 40% of Singapore’s current water demands. By 2060, NEWater must meet up to 55% of Singapore’s projected water demand.
  • Desalinated Water – Seawater surrounding Singapore, and PUB has transposed seawater into drinking water. PUB continue to spend in experimentation to gain more effective ways to desalinate seawater. Today, we have three desalination plants with a blended capacity of 130 mgd that can reach up to 30% of Singapore’s current water needs. An additional two more desalination plants will be ready by 2020. Desalinated water is supposed to meet up to 30% of Singapore’s projected water demands by 2060.

Most Popular Convenience Stores in Singapore

  • Buzz
  • 7-Eleven
  • Capitol Corner Convenience Store
  • Cheers

Estimated Price of Bottled Water

VolumeSGDUSDEURGBP
1.5-literS$1.69$1.23€1.11£1.00

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