NEWater Visitor Centre

A uniquely Singaporean experience

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What we say: 3 stars

As a tiny island nation surrounded by sea water, one of Singapore's biggest challenges is providing fresh drinking water for its growing population of some six million people. Traditionally this has been achieved by importing water from Malaysia, but 30 years of water purification research have provided an alternative. As the most high-tech water treatment facility in the world, the NEWater plant turns sewage into drinking water.

A tour of the facility lasts 45 minutes and shows visitors first-hand how water that's flushed down toilets and sinks is filtered, purified and pumped back into the taps. The tour includes a video presentation and interesting bits of info -- did you know that 30% of Singapore's current water needs are met by NEWater?

The tour culminates with a NEWater taste test and participants can take home as many bottles of NEWater as their hearts desire. The plant offers five free tours per day at 09:00, 10:45, 12:30, 14:15 and 16:00. Advanced registration through the NEWater website is recommended.

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20 Koh Sek Lim Road, Singapore
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 09:00 - 16:00 (five tours per day)
How to get there: To get here, take the MRT to Tanah Merah station and as you exit the station, look for signs pointing to the bus stop for the NEWater shuttle bus. Pick-up times are about 15 minutes before the tours, so at 08:45, 10:30, 12:15, 14:00 and 15:45. This is a free service and it will take you back to the same MRT station after the tour.
Last updated: 15th October, 2014

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Tanya Procyshyn is a Singapore-based freelance writer and photographer. With a passion for unusual destinations, she has camped alongside Komodo dragons and shook hands with soldiers in North Korea. She blogs at

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