About the Prize

About LKY Prize

The highlight of the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW), the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize honours outstanding contributions by individuals or organisations towards solving the world’s water problems by applying innovative technologies or implementing policies and programmes which benefit humanity.

This prestigious international award is named after Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, whose foresight and leadership has enabled Singapore to attain a sustainable water supply.

The Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize laureate receives S$300,000, a certificate, and a gold medallion at the award ceremony held during SIWW. The Singapore Millennium Foundation (SMF), a philanthropic body supported by Temasek Holdings, is the sponsor of the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize.


Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2014 Laureate

Orange County Water District (OCWD) was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2014. The impact of their successful water reuse programme extends far beyond the county to the states of Texas and Colorado in the United States, and has also been replicated in countries such as Australia, Singapore to achieve water sustainability through water reuse, benefitting millions in the process. OCWD continues to evolve and remains at the forefront of innovation in water treatment and reuse worldwide. 

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Call for Nominations - Closed

Singapore International Water Week calls for nominations for the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2014. Qualified parties, such as leaders of international water companies and water utilities, top academics in water research, policy and management, heads of international organisations, members of government, or distinguished individuals in the water field are welcome to submit nominations.

All nominations will undergo two rounds of rigorous selection. The Nominating Committee will thoroughly evaluate all submitted nominations and make their recommendations to the Water Prize Council, which will then decide on the prize winner.

Nominations close on 21 June 2013. To read more on the Nomination Guidelines and Forms, please click here.

For more information, please contact
Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize Secretariat
40 Scotts Road, #22-01, Environment Building
Singapore 228231
Email: leekuanyewwaterprize@siww.com.sg

Singapore Millennium Foundation

The Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize is sponsored by the Singapore Millennium Foundation (SMF). The SMF was jointly set up in 2001 as a non-profit organization by Singapore Technologies Private Limited and Temasek Holdings. Temasek Holdings established the Temasek Trust in May 2007,and  the SMF has since then been one of the beneficiaries of  the Trust.

The SMF's primary mission is to promote research, development of human capital and the enhancement of Singapore as a Centre for Research.

The SMF's partners include the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, National Institute of Education, Tropical Marine Science Institute, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, National Cancer Centre Singapore, Singapore General Hospital,  National Neuroscience Institute and the Institute of Mental Health.

The SMF had awarded more than 200 post graduate research scholarships since 2002 . These scholarships were discontinued in  2010. The SMF has instead focused on funding niche research programs in areas of Liver Cancer, Neuromuscular Disease, Parkinson Disease, Mental Health, Biofuel, Pedagogy and Learning/Special Needs Education, Ageing and Non-medical Bioscience.

For more information, please visit http://www.smf-scholar.org/Apps/sms.nsf/WebkeyT/0078

The Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize Nominating Committee examines all the nominations submitted for the Water Prize, and makes recommendations of potential winners to the Water Prize Council.

The Nominating Committee:

Mr Tan Gee Paw


1) Mr Daniel McCarthy
2) Professor Perry McCarty
Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Stanford University, United States of America
3) Professor Chen Ji Ning
Executive Vice President
Tsinghua University, China
4) Dr Andrew Benedek
UTS BioEnergy LLC
5) Professor Dr Mahmoud Abu-Zeid
Arab Water Council, Egypt
6) Professor Bertil Andersson
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


The Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize Council

1) Rear Admiral (NS) Teo Chee Hean
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Home Affairs, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister-in-charge of the Civil Service
2) Professor Lim Pin
Chairman, Singapore Millennium Foundation
3) Professor Clayton Christensen
Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
4) Professor Tommy Koh
Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
5) Lord Ronald Oxburgh
Chairman, House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology
6) Dr Sadayuki Sakakibara
Chairman, Toray Industries