Southeast Asia

Singapore using ‘virtual twins’ of land and sea to monitor activities and plan projects – Singapore

Dotted with ships and fish farms, and teeming with marine life, the seas surrounding Singapore contain a treasure trove of information, some of it invisible to the naked eye.

The information includes details about the seabed, the status of desalination plants and marine water quality.

To make such data available to government agencies here, the MPA started developing a repository of land, marine and coastal data in 2019.


BARMM Gives 10 Water Desalination Machines To Sulu, Tawi-Tawi – Philippines

The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) government has provided 10 water desalination machines to the island provinces of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi to ensure the availability of potable water.

Minister Naguib Sinarimbo of the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) – BARMM said here Tuesday the machines, costing PHP20 million each, have an output capacity of 22,000 liters of water per day and can operate for 8-10 hours.

“Five desalination machines are allotted each for the two island provinces,” he told reporters in an interview.


3 Sulu island towns receive desalination machines – Philippines

THE Ministry of the Interior and Local Government in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MILF-Barmm) released three desalination machines worth P60 million on Saturday, August 28, to the Provincial Government of Sulu.

Sulu Provincial Administrator Erwin Tan, who received the desalination machines on behalf of Governor Abdusakur Tan, said the equipment are intended for the island towns of Hadji Panglima Tahil, Pandami, and Pata.  

Each desalination machine has an output capacity of 22,000 liters of water per day and can operate for eight to 10 hours. Each machines costs P20 million.


ABB’s Technology in Singapore’s First Dual-Mode Desalination Plant Helps Tackle Water Scarcity in Region – Singapore

The United Nation’s (UN) World Water Development Report recently stated that nearly six billion people will suffer from clean water scarcity by 2050.

So, as we “celebrate” World Water Week, it’s time to turn our attention to the global water crisis facing cities around the world struggling with increasing demand for water, reduction of water resources and increasing water pollution, all driven by dramatic world population growth which is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050.

Singapore is using desalination as part of the solution to their water supply issue to provide enough clean drinking water for its ever-growing population of 5.5 million.


Desalination plant gets govt go-ahead – Bangkok

A seawater desalination project is being developed to provide a source of water for the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), said government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri yesterday.

Securing water supplies was one of the issues raised at a meeting which was chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to follow up on progress in the EEC policy yesterday.

A total of 38 water supply-related projects worth 52.8 billion baht were devised in a bid to feed the corridor. Of them, nine projects are complete.


3 Sulu island towns to get desalination machines – Philippines

THE Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Barmm) is set to deliver the first three sets of desalination machines worth P20 million each to three island towns in the province of Sulu to address the crisis of drinking water in the three municipalities.

The identified recipients of the desalination machines are the island municipalities of Pata, Pandami, and Hadji Panglima Tahil.

Barmm Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim reiterated that the distribution of the desalination machine project is intended for waterless communities in island provinces that have no access to clean and drinkable water.


Filinvest utility arm lands 25-year Metro Cebu water supply deal – Philippines

Gotianun-led Filinvest Development Corp.’s FDC Utilities Inc. (FDCUI) secured a 25-year bulk water supply deal with the Metro Cebu Water District (MCWD).

In a statement, FDCUI said its wholly-owned subsidiary, FDC Water Utilities Inc., was given a notice of award by the MCWD for its unsolicited proposal to put up desalination plants to supply potable water to Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Talisay City.

FDCUI added that FDC Water Utilities obtained the deal following its success in the competitive challenge process as prescribed by the 2013 National Economic and Development Authority Joint Venture Guidelines between government and private entities that allow third parties to submit comparative proposals.


MCWD eyes Mangasang Falls as water source – Philippines

THE Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) is now searching for water sources aside from pursuing the construction of desalination plants in Metro Cebu.

This hunt for water supply led MCWD chairman Jose Daluz III and directors Francisco “Frank” Malilong Jr., Miguelito Pato and Judelyn Mae Seno to visit Mangasang Falls in the mountain barangay of Tagbao, Cebu City on Thursday, June 24, 2021.

Mangasang Falls could supply 200,000 cubic meters of water per day in the rainy season, and 2,000 cubic meters of water per day in the dry season.


MCWD guarantee: No water rate hike before 2024 – Philippines

THERE will be no increase in water rates until consumers really feel the abundance of the water supplied to them by the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD).

The assurance came from MCWD as it begins to enter into water desalination projects with private companies. “Considering that desalination is expensive, that will have an effect on the price.

We expect that there will be an increase, but our direction is we will not increase water rates if the consumers cannot feel there is enough water,” said MCWD’s acting corporate planning department manager John Neville Macabenta in a mix of English and Cebuano.


MCWD to hike rates once supply is available – Philippines

THE increase in water rates will only be imposed once the consumers feel water supply is available.

This was what the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) assured its consumers as it enters into a water desalination project with FDC Utilities Inc., a subsidiary of Filinvest Development Corp. (FDC).

John Neville Macabenta, MCWD’s acting corporate planning department manager, said the FDC targets to start the distribution of desalinated water by next year.