Premises which discharge trade effluent into the public sewerage system are required to obtain a permit (Written Approval) from PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency.
Application can be done via an online system, GoBusiness at
https://www.gobusiness.gov.sg/licences. Documents required for submission include type of trade, name and quantum of chemicals used, procedure to manage spent chemicals and design details of wastewater treatment plant.
Written Approvals are valid for 5 years upon issuance. Written Approval holders are encouraged to renew their Written Approval
three months before its expiry. To renew your WA, you should submit the completed renewal form by e-mail to
PUB_WA@pub.gov.sg. You may find the form here:https://www.pub.gov.sg/Documents/WA_RenewalForm_B.pdf
Businesses are required to inform PUB in the following scenarios:
a) Change in company's name, address, process or operation.
b) Change in plant layout or machinery, which affects the amount or nature of trade effluent discharged.
c) Change in company's status e.g. from sole proprietor to private limited.
d) Company has ceased operations.
Trade Effluent Fee (TEF) Scheme
Trade effluent to be discharged into the public sewer must at all times meet the standards specified in the Sewerage and Drainage (Trade Effluent) Regulations. If trade effluent discharged into the public sewer contains BOD or TSS greater than 400mg/L or COD greater than 600mg/L, you may consider taking up the Trade Effluent Fee (TEF) scheme and pay TEF in accordance with the scale set out in the Fourth Schedule of the regulations, subject to approval by PUB. The maximum limits for TEF specified under reg 11 of TER are BOD < 6,000mg/L, TSS < 6,000mg/L, and COD < 10,000mg/L O2 and/or COD/BOD ratio < 3. The TEF is computed based on the concentration of BOD, TSS and COD in the trade effluent and the volume of trade effluent discharged into the public sewer. The concentrations will be established based on trade effluent samples taken from your premises. Companies under the TEF scheme should make payment promptly or risk being removed from the scheme.