• Short Summary

    As Singapore's second worst drought in 107 years continues its reputation as the green clean city of South East Asia is disappearing fast.

  • Description

    As Singapore's second worst drought in 107 years continues its reputation as the green clean city of South East Asia is disappearing fast.

    The burning heat that has plagued the city in past months has turned grass and trees russet brown and the air is dusty and dry.

    There has been little or no rain since January and reservoirs are dangerously low. Public authorities are so concerned about the water shortage that last month they launched a national campaign urging the public to conserve water wherever possible.

    According to the Public Utilities Board recent daily water consumption was up to 607,000 cubic metres - the highest ever. The board warned that if this rate was not cut drastically and if the current weather conditions persist rationing may have to be introduced.

    Fines for water are also being enforced as a deterrent. One car part attendant seen sprinkling water over cars in his charge was fined 150 dollars (30 sterling) for "wasting scarce resources."
    Wasting water in one sphere though has become an ironic necessity - fireman are being called out more and more to attend to grass fires - and although they extinguish them successfully thousands of gallons of precious water are gushing away as they do so.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4KRYBRT424SFZHCSUAVDXL9Y4
    Media URN:
    VLVA4KRYBRT424SFZHCSUAVDXL9Y4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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