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The WEATHER on TUESDAY (25 Feb 2003): Generally fair, except for showers with thunder in the late afternoon over western and northern Singapore.  WEATHER OUTLOOK:  WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Isolated late afternoon showers can be expected.     WATER TIDES (this month)  High tide   4.39am  2.5m   7.43pm   2.0m  SUN Sunrise  7.16am    Sunset  7.21pm   MOON  Moonrise  2.04am   Moonset  2.26pm    PSI: 43 (good)   TEMPERATURE: 24-33 degrees Celsius (The weather is updated daily before 8am Singapore time) For more information, call Meteorological Service Singapore Tel: (65) 6542 7788.

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Speech by PM GOH Chok Tong at the official launch of NEWater on 21 Feb 2003



This evening's event marks a milestone in the history of Singapore's water supply.

Robust and Resilient Supply of Water

The Government faces two challenges in water supply. First, to provide enough clean water to meet the needs of our people, industry and other businesses. Second, to meet this demand in a cost-effective manner, so that PUB water remains affordable to all.

These are not easy challenges. Around the world, short supply of drinking water is a growing problem. Only 1% of the world's freshwater resources is available for human use. Long-term planning, careful management of water resources, judicious investment in infrastructure and effective use of technology are necessary to ensure an adequate and sustainable supply of good drinking water.

Here in Singapore, we do not face any water shortage today or in the foreseeable future. However, recognising that Singapore has limited natural water resources, we are taking measures now to ensure that future generations of Singaporeans will never be short of drinking water.

Our large-scale production of NEWater is one such measure. Desalination is another.
Currently, we depend on two main sources of water supply: our own local catchments, and Johor until the 1961 and 1962 Water Agreements expire. These two sources are adequate for our needs, but we have, nevertheless, decided to supplement them with NEWater and desalted water.

In this way, by 2011, when the 1961 Water Agreement expires, we will not need to renew it. By 2061 when the 1962 Agreement expires, we can be totally self-sufficient, if there is no new water agreement with Malaysia.


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25 February 2003

Tuesday's News


PSA Corporation yesterday gave 496 employees pink slips. It will shed 800 employees this year. No further cuts are being planned. (1)

A 35-year-old lawyer, who is being sued by five people who said they had handed him about S$4.5 million, has gone missing. Mr TAN Cheng Yew is a former partner at a local law firm. (3)

A doctor turned consultant for a firm producing medical software was jailed for four months yesterday after she admitted to burning her Indonesian maid's arm with an iron. LIM May Ling, 42, initially faced eight other charges of abusing her maid, Miss Lilis Suryani, 20, but these accusations were withdrawn yesterday. (H5)

The Economic Development Board (EDB) yesterday launched the Singapore Quality Class for Private Education Organisations to raise the standards of the more than 300 private schools here. These schools take in about 110,000 local and foreign students. At least 20 schools are expected to get the public trust mark by the end of the year.(H6)


Johor Baru, Malaysia: Taps in many homes in and around Johor Baru ran dry yesterday, as at least half a million people faced water shortages after the rupture of the state's main pipeline. (4)


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To assist you in tracing the above news articles in The Straits Times, we have provided the section and page numbers at the end of each news article. Therefore, (12): main section page 12; (S4): sports section page 4; (A10): asia section page 10; (L3): life section page 3.

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