Cost-effective purification of treated wastewater for industrial and consumer use has been successfully implemented in a number of systems in the US and abroad.
Singapore, a city-state of 5 million, processes water from its wastewater treatment plants through reverse-osmosis to achieve ultra-pure water that exceeds WHO and US drinking water standards. Singapore water agency PUB branded this recycled water as “NEWater.”
Reverse osmosis used to produce NEWater is similar to the process used to produce our drinking water in Indian River County.
Most of the NEWater production is directed to industrial consumers, including world-class semiconductor fabricators who need both a high quantity and high quality of water.
The portion of NEWater not used in industrial application is mixed back into surface water storage that is a source for drinking water, a strategy known as “indirect potable reuse.”
NEWater supplies 40% of Singapore current water consumption needs, and is targeting 55% of its future water supply from NEWater recycling.
NEWater prices to the consumer reflect actual capital and production costs. There are no subsidies. Not only does the technology deliver an excellent product, it does so at a price competitive with water rates in Indian River County.
CWC favors the adoption of cost-effective water reclamation technology when it comes time to replace aging plants.