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The Singapore water story

The Singapore water story International Journal of Water Resources Development, 2013 Vol. 29, No. 2, 290–293 BOOK REVIEW The Singapore water story, by Cecilia Tortajada, Yugal Joshi and Asit K. Biswas, Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 2013 When Singapore seceded from Malaysia in 1965, it soon became evident that water security would form a central element in the city-state’s future evolution. The Singapore Water Story covers the first 45 years of Singapore’s journey from political independence towards water independence in eight chapters, several of which serve as stand-alone studies. These eight chapters cover the initial development of Singapore’s water infrastructure, how water relates to urban development, pollution control, water demand, education, river restoration, the media and water policy, and a brief look towards 2060. One of the strengths of this book lies in its recording of the development of water and environmental policies back in the 1960s and 1970s, when Singapore was a developing economy. It is tempting to forget how swift the city-state’s development has been and how closely intertwined its water policies have become with its overall economic development. As soon as Malaysia’s stance became clear, water self-sufficiency became a national priority. At the same time, long-term independence depended on economic and demographic http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Water Resources Taylor & Francis

The Singapore water story

International Journal of Water Resources , Volume 29 (2): 4 – Jun 1, 2013
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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1360-0648
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0790-0627
DOI
10.1080/07900627.2013.795700
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International Journal of Water Resources Development, 2013 Vol. 29, No. 2, 290–293 BOOK REVIEW The Singapore water story, by Cecilia Tortajada, Yugal Joshi and Asit K. Biswas, Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 2013 When Singapore seceded from Malaysia in 1965, it soon became evident that water security would form a central element in the city-state’s future evolution. The Singapore Water Story covers the first 45 years of Singapore’s journey from political independence towards water independence in eight chapters, several of which serve as stand-alone studies. These eight chapters cover the initial development of Singapore’s water infrastructure, how water relates to urban development, pollution control, water demand, education, river restoration, the media and water policy, and a brief look towards 2060. One of the strengths of this book lies in its recording of the development of water and environmental policies back in the 1960s and 1970s, when Singapore was a developing economy. It is tempting to forget how swift the city-state’s development has been and how closely intertwined its water policies have become with its overall economic development. As soon as Malaysia’s stance became clear, water self-sufficiency became a national priority. At the same time, long-term independence depended on economic and demographic

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Published: Jun 1, 2013

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