Home to several renowned international and local water-related organisations such as the Singapore Society for Trenchless Technology, Global Water Intelligence, International Water Association, and Singapore Water Association,WaterHub is also the research and develpment base of other global research institutes.

The Aqua Research Centre was officially opened in a ceremony officiated by Chief Executive of PUB Mr Chew Men Leong. At the ceremony, Toshiba also inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with PUB to explore a collaboration to develop and test the application of a newly developed adsorbent to remove toxic elements in the used water treatment process for semiconductor plants.

Executive Director of the Environment and Water Industry Programme Office (EWI) Mr Chew Men Leong said “Singapore’s investments in the water sector in the last couple of years have paid off, with more than 70 local and international water companies and 24 research centres undertaking projects in various domains... The addition of Toshiba will add vibrancy to the local water research and development landscape and boost Singapore’s growing status as a global hydrohub.”

The Singapore Government has identified water as a strategic growth sector in Singapore with research and development as the key driver. To promote research and development in this field, the EWI is investing from Singapore’s National Research Foundation in water research and development. Through funding promising research projects, the EWI aims to foster leading-edge technologies and create a thriving and vibrant research community in Singapore.

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Under the MOU, Aqua Research Centre and PUB will explore developing and testing a treatment process technology under which high concentrations of fluoride ions discharged from the semiconductor manufacturing process are removed using the functional powder.

Toshiba aims to showcase this research and development collaboration at the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) 2012, a global water event that brings together the who’s who in the water industry. Themed ‘Water Solutions for Liveable and Sustainable Cities’, the 5th Singapore International Water Week, will be held from 1–5 July 2012, in conjunction with the 3rd World Cities Summit and the inaugural CleanEnviro Summit Singapore.