2016-2017 Host Agency

The Public Utilities Board, PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency, located in Singapore, and IDA, is hosting the 2016-17 Fellowship, whereby one person will be selected to relocate to Singapore to participate in a training project program for a mutually agreed upon time period.   PUB oversees the collection, production, distribution and reclamation of water in Singapore. Driven by its mission of ensuring an efficient, adequate & sustainable supply of water for Singapore, PUB has been investing in research and technology. Today, Singapore has built a robust, diversified and sustainable water supply from four different sources known as the Four National Taps – local catchment water, imported water, high-grade reclaimed water (also known as NEWater) and desalinated water. For further information visit: www.pub.gov.sg/

IDA Fellow Completes Attachment with PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency

Holly Johnson Churman, a lead water and wastewater engineer at GHD, connected with PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency, through the 2016 – 2017 IDA Fellowship Award program. The purpose of the program was to exchange ideas relating to technology development, best practices, operations, policies, and strategies in desalination and water reuse. The specialized training took place over a four week period during July and August 2017.

A theme of importance to both Singapore and the United States, and Churman’s key research interest, comprised the practice of adapting and applying water treatment technologies across industry sectors to solve complex problems, particularly relating to desalination and water reuse.  The IDA Fellowship Award Program was designed to explore this theme through discussions with PUB’s Technology Department and leadership, meetings with academia, and municipal and industrial site visits ranging from Singapore’s NEWater (high-grade reclaimed water) and desalination plants, to petrochemical and semiconductor facilities.