11 Dec Water | Youth
Sustainable Water TreatmentKeppel contributes to Singapore’s long-term water security and sustainability by supplying high-grade reclaimed water (NEWater) and desalinated water – two of Singapore’s Four National Taps – to meet the needs of a growing nation.
The Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant (KMEDP), Singapore’s fourth desalination plant capable of producing up to 30 million gallons of drinking water per day, is a dual-mode plant built with the ability to treat both seawater and freshwater drawn from the reservoir depending on prevailing weather conditions. Reservoir water treatment saves almost two-thirds of energy as compared to conventional seawater desalination. Enabling flexibility of the feed source optimises the carbon footprint of the facility, as the plant is able to switch to the less energy-intensive source whilst achieving the same drinking water quality.
With its treatment equipment situated underground, KMEDP’s innovative design allows the plant to be seamlessly integrated with the natural environment. The plant incorporates environmentally friendly elements such as rainwater harvesting within its landscape design, whilst boasting a 20,000 square metres open green rooftop space for community recreation. In 2019, KMEDP became Singapore’s first industrial project to be awarded the ABC Waters Certification (Gold) by PUB, Singapore’s national water agency, in recognition of its outstanding design and sustainable features.
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KMEDP, Singapore’s only dual-mode desalination plant.
KMEDP’s innovative design allows the plant to be seamlessly integrated with the natural environment.