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Written by The Uptake Published on     1 min read

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It may take decades for Singapore to become self-sufficient in its water supply.

Hi. It’s Brady again.

One book that I enjoyed immensely a few years ago was Paolo Tadini Bacigalupi’s The Water Knife. It’s set in the near future, and tells the story of a saboteur and investigator in the water-depleted American Southwest. He works for a business magnate who wrecks the water supplies of competing businesses while water wars rage. The book is a look into the bleakness of our climate crisis. Great stuff.

Back to reality: Many nations are being reshaped by changing climate patterns and the absence (or uneven distribution) of crucial natural resources. Singapore is no different in this respect.

Those in Singapore know that the city-state depends on Malaysia for its drinking water. The two nations have an agreement that will end in 2061, so Singapore needs to figure out a way to become self-sufficient by 2060, just in case the deal isn’t extended. Even though that’s four decades from now, getting to the point of true security requires incredible R&D and long-term build-out.

Khamila touched upon this in her latest article and unpacked how some startups operate in this space. You can read it here.

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