National water agency PUB announced on Thursday (Sep 3) that it plans to build a fourth desalination plant, which would help meet future water demand in the city area and strengthen the country's resilience against droughts.
A tender for the provision of professional engineering services for the Marina East plant will be called, and the new facility will have a planned capacity of 30 million imperial gallons per day.
Located near water demand zones in the city and eastern Singapore, the desalination plant will also have the capability to treat freshwater from Marina Reservoir, the press release said.
“PUB has been making investments to build up and diversify our water supply sources in order to strengthen our water security. During the dry weather in recent years, we were able to ensure supply by increasing the production of NEWater and desalinated water," said Deputy Chief Executive for Policy and Development at PUB Chua Soon Guan.
"Building up weather-resilient water sources will help us be better prepared for possible prolonged periods of dry spells in future.”