Our Water Heroes #4 – Zhafri Shah
"Meaningful" – was how Water Supply Network (WSN) officer Zhafri Shah described a day's work in PUB. Studying environmental engineering in National University of Singapore sparked his interest in the water industry, and he was keen to play a part in ensuring continuous good quality water supply for Singapore .
"There is never a day that is the same", says Zhafri Shah of the past eight months that he has been in his role. His job includes planning, developing, reviewing and managing the regulatory framework, legislative instruments and enforcement regimes for clean water supply in Singapore, as well as meeting consultants, engineers, architects and licensed plumbers (LPs) to clarify PUB's requirements on the maintenance and security of water storage tanks. This is important as the water storage tank serves an important purpose to our HDB flats, supplying even-pressured water to units on level 5 and above, hence ensuring clean water is readily available to residents.
To ensure that water storage tanks are fit and safe for the storage of potable water, Zhafri Shah and his team also conduct routine site audits, where they evaluate cases of non-compliance and put into place enforcement action to prevent repeat offenders. With over 18,000 buildings with 70,000 water storage tanks in Singapore's high rise buildings, Zhafri Shah takes his work very seriously as they are the last mile of the water distribution system before it reaches the customers. As a customer himself, Zhafri Shah is able to relate to the importance of water security. "My job is impactful because it helps ensures good quality water to the public. I hope to continue instilling in the young that water is a precious resource that we should treasure."