Singapore can look to some European cities for how using less water can do more.
For the first time in 17 years, Singapore is raising water prices.
Specifics have not yet been discussed, but the objectives are clear: to conserve water through lower use; to raise funds for building and maintaining water infrastructure; and to ensure that our water needs will be met in the future.
The decision is bound to create some controversy. Proponents point to the need to ensure water security in a future impacted by climate change. Others fear increasing costs of business and wonder if poor households will be able to cope.
However, focusing on managing water demand – reducing the amount of water people use instead of relying on adding new and costly supply – makes sense too.
To see why, let us look at how cities in Europe have tackled their water woes.