Singapore Water Management Policies and Practices
This paper explains the governance of water management in Singapore, focusing
particularly on the institutional/legal framework that ensures effective implementation of
its water management policies.
Singapore is a small city-state of about 700 km
, with limited natural water resources.
It is densely populated with a population of 4.8 million. The country is located just off the
southern tip of the Malay Peninsula and is linked toWest Malaysia, its northern neighbour,
by a bridge commonly known as the Causeway, which is 1.056 km long carrying a road,
a railway, and water pipelines across the Straits of Johore (Motha & Yuen, 1999).
Singapore’s strategic position and its relatively small size has, throughout its history,
given its population a heightened sense of the unique nature of the city-state, as well as its
isolation and vulnerability.