Canadian hydrogeologist John Anthony Cherry credits his stellar career in groundwater research, protection and management
to a series of “fortuituous incidents”. This year’s Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize laureate shares his journey
California’s Orange County Water District took ‘reuse and reduce’ to a whole new level with its ground-breaking
work in recycling used water. Its general manager Michael R. Markus shares his insights on the organisation’s decades-long
journey in protecting the region’s water basin and ensuring water security for millions, efforts that helped it
win the 2014 Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize.
A true science man, Professor Mark van Loosdrecht invented Anammox, a breakthrough wastewater treatment method that significantly
reduces the energy needed as compared to conventional ways. Now, the 2012 winner of the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize is working
on taking water treatment a step further: recovering useful materials and making the process pay for itself.
After seeing water that looked like “green paint”, Dr James Barnard resolved to devote his life to helping protect
water resources and the communities that depend on them. For developing Biological Nutrient Removal technology,
he became the fourth winner of the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize in 2011. In an interview with Eco-Business, he shares how
the work that he once viewed with ‘disgust' eventually led to him finding his life's purpose.
Managing one of the world’s longest rivers is a gargantuan task that involves a visionary approach and countless man
hours from thousands of engineers. The Yellow River Conservancy Commission has overcome mammoth challenges to successfully
manage the river’s flood and droughts but their work continues.
Professor Gatze Lettinga, the 2009 winner of the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize, has spent the past four decades addressing
what he thinks are the world’s most pressing issues – social ills and injustice. Water pollution is one
The inaugural Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize laureate Dr Andrew Benedek’s ground-breaking work in membrane technologies
has helped millions of people – from rich countries to developing ones – gain access to clean drinking
water. His next big idea? Turning waste into resources and energy.
Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy in helping the country achieve water sustainability
is embodied in one of the water industry’s most treasured awards, the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize.