Thursday, March 19, 2015

PUB: Water Conservation

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PUB, Singapore's national water agency, has an extensive water conserving plan that encourages everyone to use water wisely.

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With the Four National Taps (local catchment water, imported water, NEWater, and desalinated water), PUB has ensured a diversified and sustainable supply of water for Singapore. (p/s: Did you know that we could drink water straight from the tap in Singapore, because it is within the World Health Organisation's drinking water guidelines?)

However, managing the demand is also crucial to our small island which does not have natural aquifers and lakes.

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1. Turn off all taps tightly to prevent drip/leak.

2. Do not let water run unnecessarily. Admittedly, I do leave the tap on out of convenience and laziness when I'm brushing my teeth or shampooing my hair. :/ This habit may seem harmless every time, but it does add up to quite a bit of wastage every month! Alternatively, using a cup will help save water!

3. I lived with my grandparents when I was a little girl, and they always taught me to flush the toilet with the water they collected from washing clothes. So there was a period of time I actually felt uncomfortable/guilty whenever I press the flush button.

4. Don't thaw food under running water. My mum uses a bowl of water instead. You may also leave it in the refrigerator overnight.

5. Choose a washing machine with more ticks! 
✔ Save 81 litres (~ 54 1.5-litre bottles) of water 
✔✔ Save 102 litres (~ 68 1.5-litre bottles) of water
✔✔✔ Save as much as 112 litres (about 75 1.5-litre bottles) of water

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(Source: www.pub.gov.sg)

6. Run the washing machine only on a full load.

7. On the other hand, we cannot flush the toilet "only on a full load" (haha) but we can always use the half flush with a dual flush flushing cistern.
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(Source: http://www.highlanderplumbing.com.au/dual-flush-toilet-cistern/)

8. Monitor your family's water consumption by checking your water bill. Re-look your water usage habits if consumption is way more than average.

9. Check for leaks regularly: Turn off all taps and check the water meter. If the water meter continues to run, it means there is a leak. Call a licensed water service plumber immediately.

It's always good to learn how to read your water meter as it is the best way to detect leakage - here's how:

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(Source: www.pub.gov.sg)

To find out how much water has been used, simply calculate the difference between the reading on your last bill and the current reading.

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Using water wisely does not only help in water conservation, but also reduces your monthly bill! Feel free to share with me some of your water saving tips too! :)

Also, look out for water conservation mobile showrooms this weekend! PUB's mascot Water Wally will be on site as well!

Water_wally

19 March (Thur) - One Raffles Place, beside one altitude

20 March (Fri) - Icon@IBP 3A International Business Park,
Singapore 609935(in front of food court)

22 March (Sun) - Century Square 2 Tampines Central 5,
Singapore 529509
(Beside taxi stand, opposite the UOB Bank)

24 March (Tue) - Cathay Cineleisure, 8 Grange Road
(Main entrance beside Starbucks)

25 March (Wed) - Cathay Cineleisure, 8 Grange Road
(Main entrance beside Starbucks)

26 March (Thur) - Cathay Cineleisure, 8 Grange Road
(Main entrance beside Starbucks)

See more at: http://www.pub.gov.sg/conserve/Pages/MobileShowroom.aspx#sthash.1lx0Bzde.dpuf


Watch PUB's 2015 TV Commercial as it focuses on why we need to save water, and visit PUB to find out more!

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