the signing of the water treaty

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  • In the 1960's, Singapore faced serious water challenges and an extreme drought. This led to acute water shortages, and the country's new government had to carry out water rationing exercises. Because of this, the government had the Singapore City Council Chief to hold a meeting to find a solution.
  • Do you all think we should sign a water treaty with Malaysia? What are the pros and cons of it being signed?
  • That is a good point and I think we should do what is best for the country. I shall discuss this with the Johor Government and see whether they would agree to sign the water treaty.
  • Singapore would have more supplies of water to drink and use, so, I think that signing a water treaty with Malaysia would help us a lot.
  • They have the upper hand, but at least we would not suffer and die of dehydration. Besides, we could prepare Singaporeans if anything happens, and if it does happen, we would be ready.
  • Yes, of course, but Malaysia would have the upper hand and may threaten to stop supplying us water!
  • The Johor Government agreed and this gave Singapore the full and exclusive right to draw water from Johor River up to a maximum of 250 million gallons per day. In return, Johor was entitled to a daily supply of treated water from Singapore up to 2% of the raw water it supplied. Singapore had to pay rent for the land it used"at the standardrate applicable to building lots on town land". The water prices remain the same as in the previous agreement - 3 cents per 1,000 gallons of raw water supplied to Singapore and 50 cents per 1,000 gallons of treated water sold to Johor. After Singapore and Malaysia stopped using a common currency, the prices became denominated in Malaysian ringgit.
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