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Showering tops water usage in household water consumption tops water usage in household water consumption28/2/2018 4:00:00 PMRecent study shows households using more water-efficient products1/3/2018 5:00:00 AMIssue DatePress releaseAbout PUB, Singapore’s National Water AgencyFind out more about us<p style="text-align:justify;">The latest PUB study on water consumption has shown that showering constitutes the highest water usage in a household. The other key usage areas are flushing, washing in kitchen and laundry. Households are also using more water-efficient fittings and appliances.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN-US">This study was conducted between 2016 to 2017 with a sample of 400 households. An update to an earlier 2004 study, the latest study included a survey of the proliferation of water-efficient fittings in the households.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US">The 2016/2017 study found that more than half of the water fittings at key usage areas are water-efficient</span>.  For example, as much as 75% of the washing machines had a 3-tick water efficiency rating, and as much as 65% of kitchen sink taps are water efficient rated with a minimum of 1 tick. Data on the flow-rates from showerheads showed a 90% having a water-efficiency level equivalent to a 1-tick rating.</span></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US">PUB had introduced the Mandatory Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (MWELS) in 2009, requiring suppliers to display the water-efficiency ratings of appliances and fittings so that households can make informed choices when buying water products. Minimum water efficiency standards for the products were introduced at the same time.</span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US">Mr Ng Joo Hee, Chief Executive, PUB said “We take delight in the high penetration of water-efficient appliances and fittings in Singaporean households. This is indicative of a wide public awareness and also preference for water-saving devices. We are heartened that MWELS has helped people make more informed purchasing decisions. And we will certainly continue to work with suppliers and retailers to bring equipment that are even more water efficient to market, so that consumers can save even more water.</span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US">But PUB recognises that the perennial challenge will be changing </span>consumer behaviour.</span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US">“Ultimately, saving water is an individual responsibility. Every one of us must make it a daily habit. We must not leave the tap running while brushing our teeth. We must all try to take shorter showers, which is the biggest use of water at home. And it’s best to do the laundry on a full load, and use the half flush whenever we can. These are simple everyday behaviour, but they all go a long way.”</span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US">PUB’s water conservation efforts will continue to focus on the key water usage areas of showering, flushing, washing in kitchen and laundry. For instance, PUB is embarking on is the Smart Shower Programme where up to 10,000 new homes will be equipped with smart shower devices. These devices provide users with real-time feedback on their actual water consumption during showers. This demonstration project builds on an earlier pilot trial where some 500 households using such devices had achieved water savings of 5 litres per person per day on average or 3% savings in the monthly water usage.</span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US">Another programme that PUB has introduced is the Water Closet Replacement Project. Launched in 2017, it helps eligible households save water by replacing their inefficient 9-litre water closets with more water-efficient ones, free-of-charge. Households who have benefited from the project see an average 10% reduction in their monthly water usage.</span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-GB">From April 2019, PUB will be mandating the sale, supply and installation of at least 2-tick water fittings in all new and existing premises undergoing renovation and non-water efficient fittings and appliances will eventually be phased out by 2019 for all new developments. PUB will also extend the MWELS to include dishwashers from October 2018.</span></span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-GB"></span></span></span></span><br> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-GB">Click <a href="">here </a>for the key findings of the Singapore Household Water Consumption Study 2016/2017</span></span></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>1/3/2018 6:09:24 AM