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PUB deploys first batch of smart shower devices at West Rock@Bukit Batok185 deploys first batch of smart shower devices at West Rock@Bukit Batok16/3/2018 4:00:00 PMReal-time information to help residents track water usage and take shorter showersIssue DatePress releaseAbout PUB, Singapore’s National Water AgencyFind out more about us<div style="text-align:justify;"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font></div><p style="text-align:justify;">Some 300 families at West Rock@Bukit Batok will move into new homes that come fitted with a smart shower device later this year.  Their units are the first batch of homes that PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency, has installed the smart shower devices in. With these devices, residents will get real-time information on water usage during showers. They can also set water conservation goals and monitor their water usage history via a mobile application. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The latest PUB study on water consumption in 2016/2017 has shown that showering constitutes the highest water usage in a household. As part of its water conservation efforts, PUB will install smart shower devices in about 10,000 new Built-to-Order (BTO) homes by end 2019. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Following West Rock@Batok, the devices will be installed progressively in new developments such as Meadow Spring, Toa Payoh Apex and Buangkok Park Vista. Families who have opted for sanitary fittings under the <span lang="EN-US">Housing & Development Board’s (</span>HDB) Optional Component Scheme will get the device. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The smart shower devices that they receive come with a numerical display showing the amount of water used when the showerhead is turned on. Later this year, PUB will deploy a different device for other BTO projects. Instead of a numerical display, the device will display colour codes on the showerhead to indicate varying consumption levels. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">“If we can motivate behavioural changes in shower habits by providing real-time information, there is potential to achieve water savings,” said PUB Director of Water Supply Network, Ridzuan Ismail.  “We want to study the results of using such devices, and see if it can be adopted on a larger scale in future. This would also encourage suppliers to improve the features of existing devices in the market, and leverage economies of scale to provide customers with more options for such devices in future,” he added. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">PUB launched the Smart Shower Programme following encouraging results from a trial conducted in 2015 with 500 households. Results showed that households could save about 5 litres of water per person per day during showers, when provided with real-time water usage information <span lang="EN-US">coupled with optimal goal setting</span>.<span lang="EN-US"> This can potentially help households save approximately 3% of their monthly water usage. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN-US">A new resident of West Rock@Bukit Batok, Caroline Huang said, “As we move into our new home, we are keen to try out the device to see if it can help us monitor our water use during showers and save water. Water is a precious resource, and we hope to do our part in using water wisely.” </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN-US">Besides the use of smart shower devices, practising good water habits like using a mug while brushing our teeth, washing laundry on a full load, washing vegetables or dishes in a filled sink, and using the half flush whenever possible can also help save water. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN-US">“Saving water is an individual responsibility. These are simple daily habits we can adopt, and they all go a long way towards making every drop count,” Ridzuan Ismail said. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN-US">The entire smart shower demonstration project, from device deployment to data analysis, is expected to take at least three years. Members of the public who are interested to use these devices are encouraged to purchase them online.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN-US"><img src="" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></span> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteStyle-ImageDescriptionStyle" lang="EN-US">Residents learning about the Smart Shower Device</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN-US"><img src="" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br><span class="ms-rteStyle-ImageDescriptionStyle">Senior Minister of State, Ministry for the Environment and Water Resources, and MP for Hong Kah North Dr Amy Khor finding out more about the smart shower device. Next to her is Hong Kah North CCC Chairman, Robin Ng.</span></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">PUB is a statutory board under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources. It is the national water agency, and manages Singapore’s water supply, water catchment and used water in an integrated way. </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). </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. </p><p> Like us at <a href=""></a> <br>Follow us on <a href=""></a> and <a href=""></a> <br>Subscribe to our channel at <a href=""></a> <br>For our latest event photos, visit <a href=""></a> or <a href=""></a> <br>Download our mobile apps: MyWaters for <a href="">iOS</a>, <a href="">Android</a> or <a href="">Windows Phone</a> <br>Visit our website at <a href=""></a> </p>

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