Singapore — In conjunction with World Water Day on March 22, the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW), the global platform to share and co-create innovative water solutions, officially opened its call for nominations for the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2020.

The Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize (LKYWP) honors outstanding contributions by individuals or organizations toward solving the world’s water challenges by developing or applying innovative technologies, policies or programs that benefit humanity. This prestigious international award is named after Singapore’s first Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew, whose foresight and leadership has enabled Singapore to attain a sustainable water supply.

Since its inception in 2008, the LKYWP has gained a strong standing in the global water arena as the premier Water Prize, which is awarded to innovative water technologies, policies or programs that have been game-changers in their real-world application.

The honor roll for the Water Prize includes laureates who have developed ground-breaking solutions in membrane technology and used water treatment, as well as holistic water policies and management practices that have benefitted the lives of millions. Their achievements represent the pinnacle in sustainable water solutions that have made a difference to cities and people around the world.

The LKYWP 2020 laureate will be announced next year, on World Water Day, March 22, 2020. The laureate will receive S$300,000, a gold medallion and a certificate, at the award ceremony during SIWW 2020, to be held from July 5-9, 2020, in Singapore. Nominations will be open from March 22 to July 1, 2019.

Nomination process

The submission of nominations for LKYWP 2020 follows a rigorous two-stage process. Qualified parties such as leaders of international water companies and water utilities, top academics in water research, policy and/or management, heads of international organizations, members of government, or distinguished individuals in the field of water are welcome to submit nominations of suitable candidates for the LKYWP 2020. This can be done online by uploading a citation of the nominee’s achievements at

In the second stage, shortlisted nominees will be notified to submit supporting documents for more detailed evaluations by the Nominating Committee. All shortlisted nominations will undergo two rounds of selection. The Nominating Committee will thoroughly evaluate all shortlisted nominations and make their recommendations to the Water Prize Council, which will then decide on the Water Prize Laureate.

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