Given Singapore's lack of natural resources, conserving and managing water is one of the republic's top priorities. With that in mind, Singapore's national water agency PUB has partnered French-based utility firm SUEZ environnement to work on research projects in the areas of wastewater treatment, storm water management and automated meter reading.
The collaboration will see the use of information and communication technologies and analytical software solution to develop a smart water grid, according to a joint press release. This includes the development of a decision support tool for stormwater management, and an automated meter reading infrastructure that tracks household water consumption to potentially encourage consumers to use water conservatively.
Besides that, both organisations will work together on a pilot project to develop an energy-efficient wastewater treatment process by integrating smart monitoring and advanced control strategies.
"SUEZ environnement has valuable expertise in water management and smart water technologies, [which will enable us to] co-create innovative solutions to our water challenges," said Harry Seah, PUB's Chief Technology Officer. "The collaboration will also strengthen the Singapore-France water industry relations, add vibrancy to the local water R&D landscape, and boost Singapore's status as a global hydro hub," he added.
The projects will be supported by the Tech Pioneer grant, said PUB and SUEZ environnement. Administered by Singapores' Economic Development Board, the grant encourages water companies to tap on Singapore as a living laboratory so that new technologies can be tested and commercialised in a real-life environment.
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