SINGAPORE: The development of water utilities will become more important over the coming decades as Singapore’s import agreements with Malaysia are set to expire in 2061, BMI Research revealed. According to a report, even if pipelines and water projects are very much secondary in terms of value, there is more activity in the water utilities sector. Water security is a political priority for the Singapore government,” BMI Research said. With Singapore’s limited natural water sources, it relies on water imports from Malaysia, desalination plants, and recycling facilities. As a result, the government has long-term plans to develop desalination, recycling and storage facilities that will support long-term growth in the country’s water infrastructure sector. Specific goals include raising the share of water supply from desalination sources to 30% and recycled sources, branded as NEWater, to 50% by 2060. Singapore has five NEWater treatment facilities and one operational desalination plant, with plans to construct up to five more desalination plants over the coming years.