NEWater’s Nice and Neat!

May 26th, 2007   •   12 comments   •   Author: Walter Lim   


To celebrate International Museum Day which is also part of my work, I brought my family last week to the NEWater Visitor Centre, located at Koh Sek Lim Road off Upper Changi Road East.

In case you do not already know, NEWater was one of the great stories of invention in the time of need. Many would know that it is largely driven by Singapore’s lack of this essential liquid resource. Its launch spun off many positive stories in the media, and resulted in water scarce Singapore producing companies like Hyflux, one of the leading players in the water industry today and a darling of the local bourses.

More recently, Newater Visitor Centre attracted their 500,000th visitor. According to the folks who run it, about 20 % of their visitors are tourists with another 50% students.

Here is a photoessay of our visit for your viewing pleasure. Drink it all up folks!

Beautiful landscaping centred on the theme of water enhances visitor experiences. There were many brightly coloured koi in this pond outside the complex.

Hmmm…. what or rather who are these folks listening to? (Notice the high proportion of families with young kids)

The answer? A guide explaining the intricacies of various stages in the ultra filtration and reverse osmosis processes.

You can actually see the “backroom” of the Newater plant which was located beside the visitor centre. Those pipes contain many straw like spaghetti shaped strands with miniscule holes where the water is filtered through.

Interactive screens with 3D animation like this helped to explain complex water treatment processes. Here we see how UV rays help to zap whatever germs remain in the water post filtration.

Multiple screens at the end of the presentation which show the importance of water in our daily lives.

A gentle reminder from UN’s Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs about the vital importance of water.

Free newater for all! This was a crowd favourite. While it is not quite Perrier, it does taste pretty good especially on a hot day.

I was pleasantly surprised to see these recycling bins at the centre. They certainly do practise what they preach about saving the environment.

Finally, a shot of the lovely fountain and water feature just outside the centre. With so much auspiciousness built into the centre, it is little wonder why its fortunes are flowing!

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  1. posted on May 27, 2007 at 6:50 PM

    Hey Walter, I really enjoy your blog with plentiful photos! It’s a virtual tour of those interesting and educational places I’ve never been. Just got a free ride to understand more about NewWater… (ha..pei seh to say that from a Singaporean’s mouth…)

  2. posted on May 27, 2007 at 1:26 PM

    Brudder Walter, sure glad you popped over to the NEWater Visitor Centre. I am always very impressed the way PUB manages and educates the public with our water initiatives…real encouraging to know that we are actively finding alternative sources of water eh? 😉

  3. posted on May 27, 2007 at 3:36 PM

    This seems a cool post for too!

  4. posted on May 27, 2007 at 4:03 PM

    These are the kind of family and friends activity that we all need! And these are the kind of water and earth awareness that we all need in this world! We don’t have much of these kinda activity in Malaysia but I really look forward to a good public awareness about the need of saving out mother earth, our HOME where people can interact with and not just watch it on tv commercial!

    Nice!! I really wish I can join all these fun and educational activities!!

  5. posted on May 28, 2007 at 5:21 AM

    hmmm … my plan to visit NEWater have been put off for far too long? =P do we need to fix a appointment with them?

    i think they should display aquatic plants & fish reared in NEWater, to promote that NEWater is safe & good to drink ;P

  6. posted on May 28, 2007 at 2:49 PM


    No prob. Actually I been there before the renovations. It is one of the better run interpretative centres in Singapore, and makes good use of technology to convey complex concepts.

  7. posted on May 28, 2007 at 2:50 PM


    Yah… maybe should ask Noel to put it up there.

  8. posted on May 28, 2007 at 2:51 PM


    Indeed. Our planet is suffering tremendously from our misuse, but ultimately nature will thrive while man suffers. As Michael Crichton author of Jurassic Park will tell you, “Life will find a way”

  9. posted on May 28, 2007 at 2:52 PM


    Hey, that’s a cool idea. Hmmmm… maybe I should suggest to PUB?

  10. posted on May 29, 2007 at 6:22 AM

    yeah, singapore better act fast else nothing to drink when m’sia and ind’sia decide to stop supplying…..

    a bit hard to obtain supply from other countries….hehe

  11. Shawn
    posted on May 11, 2011 at 1:09 AM

    This is the Branding and Publicity Committee of the NDP 2011.
    We will like to seek your permission regarding the use of the following images of the NEWater Plant on your website. We look forward to your reply. Please reply us at [email protected].


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