Making Sure Penang’s Taps Keep Flowing

By Soon-Tzu Speechley

March 2016 FEATURE
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Water-saving devices. Incorrectly laid pipes and faulty metres cost states millions, but Penang has managed to maintain the lowest nonrevenue water rates in the country.
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Water security is an increasing concern for governments worldwide. How is Penang doing, and what can it expect?We are a thirsty species. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that each person requires between 50 litres and 100 litres daily to meet basic health and sanitation needs1. Access to safe water is a human necessity, but one that remains out of reach for many. An estimated one billion people globally lack access to suitable drinking water, and growing scarcity is expected...

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Soon-Tzu Speechley

studied History and Asian Studies at the University of Melbourne. He now works at the Architectural Conservation Lab at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). His writing has appeared in a number of publications in Malaysia and Australia. He tweets @ speechleyish.