Third World Centre for Water Management


Water policy in Singapore

Cecilia Tortajada and Joost Buurman

Global-is-Asian, July 2017.

Singapore has developed from a water-scarce developing nation to a world leader in water management in the space of a few decades. With a territory of just 720 square kilometres, Singapore is water-scarce not because of lack of rainfall, which is on average 2,300 millimetres per year, but because of the limited land area where water can be stored and the absence of aquifers.

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