Black Box

Singaporeans Worry About Water as Linggiu Reservoir Dries Up

November 8th, 2016 Posted in White Papers and Public Research


Blackbox’s latest research findings indicate that Singaporeans now rate water scarcity alongside air quality as their number one environmental issue (43%), ahead of climate change and food safety.  These results arise from national polling conducted by Blackbox Research over the month of October.

The findings come amidst warnings from Environment and Water Resource Minister Masagos Zulkifli to save water. Speaking yesterday at an environmental awareness event, PM Lee said “Linggiu Reservoir in Johor, which supplies water to Singapore, is very dry. Right now, [it is] less than on-quarter full, only 22 per-cent… Sustainability also depends on each one of us, how we live our daily lives and how we adjust our habits to be greener”.

Despite being in the process of building new water resources to increase supply, such as desalination plants, Singapore is still heavily dependent on rainwater collected in the Linggiu Reservoir. Aiming to reduce this dependence, the Nation is aiming to meet 30% of total demand with desalination and 50% of total demand with NEWater – a process of recycling treated used water – by 2030.