On Monday, 4 May 2015, the Public Utilities Board (PUB) and French waste and water management firm SUEZ environnement signed an agreement to collaborate on three research projects in waste water treatment, storm water management and automated meter reading for the next two and a half years.
From these collaborations, PUB and SUEZ environnement hope to find out how to better conserve water and energy, and manage rainfall in Singapore.
Two out of the three projects, were supported by the TechPioneer Grant administered by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), which encourages water companies to tap on Singapore as a Living Laboratory so that cutting edge technologies can be tested and commercialised in a real-life environment.
Such collaborations also create opportunities for companies to conduct additional R&D and product development activities, that can result in new business opportunities being created, from Singapore
More details about the three research projects can be found below:
1) Automated Meter Reading Project (supported by the TechPioneer Grant)
By the first half of 2016, 1,200 smart meters will be installed in towns such as Tuas and Yuhua, to track water usage patterns of households and industry.
By finding out how exactly domestic water is used, this project will help PUB identify specific rooms for improvement and craft more effective campaigns to encourage people to conserve water.
2) Storm Water Management (supported by the TechPioneer Grant)
An integrated dashboard will be developed at the Marina catchment, which will allow PUB to have streamlined access to essential data from platforms such as rainfall radar, water level sensors, rain gauges and flow senses. This will facilitate PUB’s operational decision making during a storm.
3) Waste Water Treatment
This project aims to develop an efficient and stable used water treatment process that is energy-neutral, where the total energy expended to treat used water is zero.