VoicesTODAY, 13 March 2014
Singapore is weathering its driest spell in 145 years, and bushfires fuel the returning haze. Longer dry spells could be the pattern in years ahead. Do we remain too blase about water use? Should rationing be imposed? How prepared is Singapore for a potentially drier, hazier future?
Meteorologist Rob Cowle, Division Manager of international forecasters Fugro GEOS Singapore, says there are two main reasons:
Should Singapore expect a drier, hazier weather in the future? – The debate continues.
Have we become too blasé about water use? What are the biggest sins when it comes to water consumption, and how to correct them?
Are we approaching the drought issue too casually, or the reality hasn’t just sunk in yet? What should be done to limit water consumption?
Singapore’s still in the midst of its longest-ever dry spell and water consumption has gone up by 5 per cent. Prolonged drought, combined with signs of returning haze, is becoming a real concern. Is it time to take the necessary precautions, and brace ourselves for long weeks of dry and hazy weather in the future?
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The haze has returned, I can see some residents (of my estate) already wearing masks.
(Right now), the government's obsession about water self-sufficiency is something I am very grateful for.
Whatever’s not urgent like washing cars can be put on hold so that we can use this water to save the plants.
Can we start water-rationing by turning the taps off at a given time?
Our haze is nothing compared to the Beijing industrial haze. It will come and go, following the wind and weather.