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Tong Shing Contractors fined S$41,500 for damaging water main and carrying out works without approval318https://www.pub.gov.sg/news/pressreleases/2021PR004Tong Shing Contractors fined S$41,500 for damaging water main and carrying out works without approval31/5/2021 4:00:00 PMIssue DateOverviewAbout PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency Find out more about us<p style="text-align:justify;"> <strong>​​​​​Singapore, 1 June 2021 </strong><span>– Civil engineering company Tong Shing Contractors Private Limited (Tong Shing) has been fined $41,500 on 18 May 2021 on two charges – for causing damage to a 700mm diameter potable water main and carrying out works within a water pipe corridor<sup>​1​ </sup></span><span>without PUB's prior approval. This is the company's first conviction.  </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">2          The incident occurred on 22 December 2018 when Tong Shing was carrying out pipe jacking works across Admiralty Road West as part of road-widening and infrastructure works. The head of the pipe jacking machine struck the 700mm water main at a depth of about 3.7m below the road surface and punctured it. The leak resulted in the loss of 1.8 million litres of potable water, enough to fill about two-thirds of an Olympic-sized swimming pool. As a result of the incident, three traffic lanes at Admiralty Road West near the junction of Dahan Road were also affected. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">3          PUB was alerted and immediately went on site to isolate the leak and carry out urgent repair works, which uncovered a hole of about 300mm on the water main. Investigations revealed that Tong Shing did not carry out adequate site verification works to physically ascertain the exact location and alignment of the affected water main before commencement of works. In addition, Tong Shing proceeded with pipe jacking works without submitting a plan for PUB's approval as required and failed to take all reasonable precautions to minimise the risk of damage.</p><p style="text-align:center;"> <em> <img src="/sites/assets/PressReleaseAssets/20210602Image1.jpg" alt="20210602Image1" style="margin:5px;" /> <br></em></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <em>Tong Shing Contractors damaged a water main while carrying out road works at Admiralty Road West that caused massive water loss and affected three traffic lanes.</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">4          PUB takes a serious view of water main damage resulting in water wastage which can be prevented if due diligence is exercised. Contractors should always refer to PUB's advisory<sup>2</sup> on the prevention of damage to water pipe infrastructure before carrying out any construction works. They must exercise caution when carrying out works near water mains and ensure that adequate measures are in place to prevent damage.    <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">5          Under the Public Utilities Act, the penalty for damaging a water main or connecting pipe with a diameter of 300mm or more is a fine of up to $200,000 or imprisonment for up to three years, or both. Contractors who carry out works in the vicinity of water mains without an approved plan are liable to a fine of up to $10,000. </p><p style="text-align:center;">***</p><p style="text-align:left;"> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-3"> <strong>ANNEX</strong><br></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-3"> <sup>1</sup>Water pipe corridor refers to the land and space bounded by two vertical planes, which any pipe of a water supply system runs (whether under, on, or above ground). (Source: Public Utilities Act, Public Utilities (Protection of Water Pipes Infrastructure) Regulations 2017. For more information, please see: </span><a href="https://sso.agc.gov.sg/SL-Supp/S337-2017/Published/20170629?DocDate=20170629#Sc1-" target="_blank"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">https://sso.agc.gov.sg/SL-Supp/S337-2017/Published/20170629?DocDate=20170629#Sc1-</span></a><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3"> )</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-3"> <sup>2</sup>PUB Advisory – </span><a href="https://www.pub.gov.sg/Documents/Watermains_AdvisoryNotes.pdf" target="_blank"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">https​://www.pub.gov.sg/Documents/Watermains_AdvisoryNotes.pdf</span></a><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">  </span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-3"></p><p> <br> </p><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">PUB is a statutory board under the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE). It is the national water agency, which manages Singapore's water supply, water catchment, and used water in an integrated way. From April 2020, PUB also took on the responsibility of protecting Singapore's coastline from sea-level rise as the national coastal protection agency.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">PUB has ensured a diversified and sustainable supply of water for Singapore with the Four National Taps (local catchment water, imported water, NEWater, desalinated water). PUB leads and coordinates whole-of-government efforts to protect Singapore from the threat of rising seas and the holistic management of inland and coastal flood risks.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">PUB calls on everyone to play a part in conserving water, in keeping our waterways clean, and in caring for Singapore's precious water resources. If we all do our little bit, there will be enough water for all our needs – for commerce and industry, for living, for life. ​​<br></p><p>​Like us at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/PUBsg">www.facebook.com/PUBsg</a> <br> Follow us on <a href="http://www.instagram.com/PUBsingapore">www.instagram.com/PUBsingapore</a> and <a href="http://www.twitter.com/PUBsingapore">www.twitter.com/PUBsingapore</a> <br> Subscribe to our channel at <a href="http://www.youtube.com/sgPUB">www.youtube.com/sgPUB</a> <br> Visit our website at <a href="http://www.pub.gov.sg/">www.pub.gov.sg</a><br><br></p>