Water prize honors contributions toward solving world’s water problems
More than 60 nominations from across five continents were received for the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2012, covering a range of solutions from solar power technologies for water treatment to the administration of sustainable humanitarian projects in cities. The nominations also included research projects conducted in the fields of limnology, water quality and health, and membrane processes.
Launched in 2008 to honor contributions by individuals or organizations toward solving the world's water problems by applying innovative technologies or implementing policies and programs that benefit humanity, the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize is the highlight of Singapore International Week, held annually in Singapore. The international award is named after Singapore's former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, who advocated the development of Singapore's water sustainability efforts. Nominations for the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2012 closed Oct. 31.
The winner will be decided by the prize council, comprising individuals of high international standing from academia, multinational corporations and government bodies, and announced in March 2012. The recipient also will be honored at a ceremony held at Singapore International Water Week in July 2012. The Lee Kuan Water Prize is sponsored by the Singapore Millennium Foundation.