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Er Dr Lee Bee Wah: To
ask the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources (a) in the past three
years, how effectively are firms meeting water efficiency benchmarks; (b)
whether PUB will work closely with those that fail to achieve the benchmarks to
help them reduce water wastage; (c) what is the status of the industry
consultation on water efficiency practices; and (d) what else is the Ministry
doing to keep water consumption manageable.
As one of the most
water-stressed countries in the world, water has always been an existential
issue for Singapore. We need to invest ahead in weather-resilient water sources,
and expand and renew our water infrastructure and network in a timely manner. But
this is not enough. To ensure the long-term sustainability of our water resources,
it is equally important that we manage demand and use water prudently.
2 The non-domestic sector currently makes up more
than half of our total water demand, and this is projected to increase to about
70% in 2060. Companies must use water efficiently.
Mandatory Submission of Water
Efficiency Management Plans
3 PUB requires large water users in the non-domestic
sector to monitor their water usage through the installation of water meters
and submit a water efficiency management plan annually. Through this process,
companies can better understand their water usage patterns and identify ways to
4 Since 2015, more than 600 large water users have been
submitting their plans annually. This has given PUB insights into how various
industries use water and enabled PUB to develop targeted initiatives.
5 During the Committee of Supply debate this year, I
announced the launch of the Best Practice Guide on Water Efficiency for the
Buildings sector. Another two guides - for the Wafer Fabrication and
Semiconductor sector and the Refineries, Petrochemicals and Chemicals sector -
were launched during the Singapore International Water Week last month. PUB has
also developed water efficiency benchmarks for the office buildings, hotels,
retail malls, wafer fabrication and semiconductor sectors. The series of
consultations with industries and relevant stakeholders, as Er Dr Lee has
mentioned, was instrumental to the development of these guides and benchmarks. PUB
will continue to work closely with industries on water efficiency benchmarks
and guides for other sectors.
Encouraging Water Efficiency
Efforts in Businesses
6 Through these benchmarks and guides, companies can
assess how well they fare relative to their peers and learn from best practices.
As the benchmarks have just been published this year, PUB will monitor the
performance of the companies and help them improve their water efficiency, especially
those who fall below the median performance. Through one-to-one engagement
sessions, PUB advises the companies on opportunities for water savings and
offer customised expertise for water recycling and reuse projects.
7 To encourage companies to implement such projects,
PUB provides funding support, such as the Water Efficiency Fund and the
Industrial Water Solutions Demonstration Fund. Companies can tap on these funds
to carry out water audits, water recycling, use of alternate sources of water,
and the test-bedding of innovative water technologies.
8 Companies have responded positively, with a number
looking to implement new water efficiency projects. For example, PUB has worked
with and co-funded Micron Semiconductor Asia Pte Ltd to install a wastewater
recycling plant this year. Once implemented, there will be an expected annual
reduction of 400,000m3 in their NEWater demand.
9 To recognise exemplary companies, PUB introduced
the Water Efficiency Awards in 2017 for companies who are within the top 10th
percentile of the industry-specific benchmarks. Last year, 27 award recipients
from seven industries were presented with these awards.
10 PUB is taking it one step further. From 2019, all
large water users will need to appoint a certified water efficiency manager who
has undergone training on how to conduct water audits and implement water
efficiency measures. This will level up the capabilities of the industries in
managing their water use.
11 Water is valuable and I urge all companies to look
into water conservation efforts. PUB
stands ready to help companies in this.
Last updated: 07 Aug 2018
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