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“Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink”
Part II, Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Singapore, a tiny republic in the Far East, is situated at the southern tip of the Malay peninsula, just north of the equator. As an island nation, it is surrounded by water, but in spite of having water, water everywhere—it is still not self sufficient in this commodity, which is necessary for occupational and environmental reasons; and essential for everyday activity. Singapore still has to import a significant volume of its untreated water from its neighbouring Malaysia.
With increasing societal demands for water, and to …