Singapore Malaysia Water Agreement Price

I explained all this in detail so that Malaysians and Singaporeans understand that we are taking a coherent, constructive and mutually beneficial approach to the development of water infrastructure in Johor. Malaysians have built two large water treatment facilities that source water from the Johor River upstream of the PUB-Johor River water station in Singapore. The abstraction of Malaysia`s Johor River water treatment facilities, in addition to Singapore`s claim of 250 million gallons per day, has led to the exclusion of the entire abstraction exceeding the sustainable yield of the Johor River. PUB, of good will, must continue to provide this additional treated water to Johor at the same price of 50 sen per thousand gallons. It is good will, and it shows once again the interdependence and the way in which these rules have really benefited both parties. Under the 99-year agreement signed in September 1962, Singapore has the right to purchase 250 million gallons of raw water per day from the Johor River at 3 Malaysian cents (0.7 cents) per 1,000 gallons. In exchange, the state of Johor, South Malaysia, is allowed to purchase up to 5 million gallons of treated water per day, or 2% of the water delivered to Singapore at 50 cents per 1,000 gallons. We also thought long and hard about the performance and water quality of the Johor River. Singapore`s position, long defended by foreign ministers, is that Malaysia has lost the right to review water prices under the 1962 water agreement. Our domestic water consumption increased from 148 litres per person per day in 2016 to 143 litres in 2017.

Our water protection efforts are working, but we need to do better. The agreement, which expires in 2061, allows Singapore to buy up to 250 million gallons of water per day (mgd) from the Johor River. PUB and its counterpart in Johor, Badan Kawalselia Air Johor (BAKAJ), have a close relationship. PUB and BAKAJ meet regularly and conduct useful discussions on current weather trends, water levels at various dams and dams in Johor and plans for the development of water resources. PUB and BAKAJ are also working closely together on the Johor River Dam project. The Johor River Dam, in operation since August 2016, helps prevent the use of saline and improves the reliability of the Johor River water supply, benefiting Singapore and Johor. Measures must now be taken and taken to protect the Johor River from pollution and increase river performance and manage the total amount of water taken from the river. Singapore and Malaysia could otherwise find themselves in a very difficult situation on the road, especially in dry weather, and if you think that climate change will make the situation worse. At the end of the day, water is only one issue in many bilateral areas of cooperation and we must not allow a single subject to tint the overall positive and complex relations. We should move forward to see how we can work together and resolve issues for mutual benefit and for the benefit of future generations.

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