Fast Facts: Environment and Water Sector

Facts and figures on the environment and water industry in Singapore.

Addressing local and global needs


  • A lack of clean water and environmental degradation are acute problems in Asia
  • Singapore has been motivated to constantly innovate and develop new water management and treatment technologies such as water reclamation and seawater desalination.
  • Singapore has established a sustainable water supply from diversified sources known as the Four National Taps - water from local catchment areas, imported water, reclaimed water (NEWater) and desalinated water.
  • The Environment and Water Industry Programme Office (EWI) – an interagency body led by PUB, the national water agency, and the Economic Development Board (EDB) - was also set up in 2006 to steward the R&D funding and spearhead efforts to grow the industry.
  • Singapore is recognised as a ‘Global Hydrohub’ with about 130 water companies.
  • These companies represent the entire value chain of the water industry, spanning from upstream component players (e.g.membrane and pumps manufacturers), equipment OEMs, and system integrators, to downstream EPC players and project developers.
  • Singapore is also nurturing the environmental industry which includes environmental consultancy, waste management and pollution control.
  • Companies like Keppel Seghers, Veolia, Dowa and Golder Associates have established their presence in Singapore.
  • Water and waste treatment technology developed in Singapore, such as wastewater treatment, water desalination, and water purification, are increasingly being applied in markets overseas.
  • Leading global players such as Black & Veatch and CH2M Hill are taking advantage of reference projects garnered in Singapore to address projects around the world.
  • Hyflux, having built two water desalination plants in Singapore, has gone on to build one of the world’s largest seawater reverse osmosis desalination plants in Algeria.
  • Singapore has set up publically-funded research Centres of Excellence (CoE) at the Nanyang Technology University (NTU) and National University of Singapore (NUS). 


Facts & figures have been compiled from various sources