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Source: Singapore International Water Week (SIWW)
Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2009 Winner Calls on Minister Mentor

SIWW, Singapore, June 24, 2009 - (ACN Newswire) - Professor Gatze Lettinga from The Netherlands, the recipient of this year's Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize, called upon Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew at the Istana today. He was accompanied by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources.

The Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize is an international award recognising an individual or organisation for outstanding contributions in the field of water. Such works have to solve the world's water problems through the application of revolutionary technologies or the implementation of innovative policies and programmes that benefit mankind.

Professor Lettinga has been awarded the prestigious prize for his environmentally-sustainable solution for the treatment of used water using anaerobic technology. His revolutionary treatment concept enables industrial used water to be purified cost-effectively and produces renewable energy, fertilizers and soil conditioners.

He has chosen not to patent this technology so that his water treatment technology can be universally available. As a result, this technology is in use in almost 3,000 reactors, representing about 80 percent of all anaerobic used water treatment systems in the world.

Professor Lettinga is in Singapore to deliver the 2nd Singapore Water Lecture during the Singapore International Water Week. He will also be receiving the Award from President S R Nathan at the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize Award Ceremony and Banquet at the Istana at 8pm tonight.


About PUB

PUB is a statutory board under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources. It is the water agency that manages Singapore's water supply, water catchment and sewerage in an integrated way. PUB won the 2007 Stockholm Industry Water Award and was named Water Agency of the Year at the Global Water Awards 2006.

About PUB's tagline: Water for All: Conserve, Value, Enjoy

PUB has ensured a diversified and sustainable supply of water for Singapore with the Four National Taps (local catchment water, imported water, NEWater, desalinated water). To provide water for all, PUB calls on all Singaporeans to play our part to conserve water, keep our water catchments and waterways clean and build a relationship with water so we can enjoy our water resources. We can then have enough water for all uses - for industry, for living, for life.

About Singapore International Water Week (SIWW)

The Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) is the global platform to share and co-create innovative water solutions. The biennial event gathers stakeholders from the global water industry to share best practices, showcase the latest technologies and tap business opportunities. SIWW is part of the strategic programme of the Singapore Government to grow the water industry and develop water technologies.

Held in between the main SIWW editions, the SIWW Spotlight series are exclusive by-invitation events to continue the dialogue from SIWW and foster ongoing exchanges on pressing challenges faced by the water industry worldwide. This meeting of minds focuses on critical issues and discussions in greater depth, where the outcomes will shape the programme and content for SIWW.

These events are organised by Singapore International Water Week Pte Ltd, a company set up by Singapore's Ministry of the Environment & Water Resources and PUB, Singapore's national water agency. The 7th Singapore International Water Week will be held in conjunction with the 5th World Cities Summit and the 3rd CleanEnviro Summit Singapore, from 10 - 14 July 2016 at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. For more information, visit www.siww.com.sg.

Contact:
Lim Siew Wee
Senior Manager, Communications
PUB, the national water agency
[email protected]

Dilys Quek
Senior Officer, Communications
PUB, the national water agency
[email protected]


Source: Singapore International Water Week (SIWW)

Topic: Trade Show or Conference
Sectors: Water, Environment
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