The Lee Kuan Yew award, to be presented at Singapore International Water Week, recognises outstanding contributions towards solving global water problems by either applying technologies or implementing policies and programmes which benefit humanity.
Barnard’s Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) technology uses naturally occurring micro-organisms instead of conventional chemicals to remove nitrogen and phosphorus from used water. This helps to protect water quality in lakes and rivers, minimise negative impact on the environment and promote the recycling of water.
“The Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize celebrates Dr James Barnard's outstanding achievement in the development of the BNR technology. His relentless pursuit of adaptable solutions to resolve the challenge of water reclamation has led to a highly sustainable technology that protects the quality of precious water resources and the environment, and delivers immense benefit to mankind,” said Tan Gee Paw, chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew eater prize nominating committee.