Go with more ticks to save water [Press Releases]

September 28, 2011 by  
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Mandatory Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (强制省水标签计划) for washing machines helps consumers make informed choice.

Starting 1 October 2011, washing machines sold in Singapore will carry a mandatory Water Efficiency label. The Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS) is part of an ongoing effort by PUB, the national water agency, to encourage people to use water wisely and make water conservation a way of life.

PUB is working with key retailers such as Best Denki, Courts and Harvey Norman to communicate the benefits of buying a water-efficient washing machine to consumers.

All washing machines will carry clear labels showing the water efficiency level. Consumers will find it easy to understand the water efficiency level based on the number of ticks, which ranges from zero to three, reflected in the label. Labels with more ticks mean that consumers can save more water. One-tick products help consumers save 58 litres (about 39 1.5-litre bottles) of water per wash, while two-tick products can save them 73 litres (about 49 1.5-litre bottles) of water and three-tick products can save as much as 80 litres (about 53 1.5-litre bottles) of water. Products with zero-tick labels are not water efficient.

Best Denki’s Managing Director, Mr C.J. Raj, believes in “leading by example” when it comes to water and environmental sustainability. He personally conducts quarterly training for Best Denki’s Eco-Ambassadors. “At Best Denki, employees are frequently reminded to share information on water conservation, switch off all electrical equipments when not in use, and use recycled paper for printing,” Mr Raj said. Best Denki will also be offering special discounts on water-efficient washing machines in the first weekend of October.”

Over at Courts, besides training its staff, it will have a roadshow for washing machines at its Courts Megastore in Tampines from 29 September to 9 October 2011. Courts will also organise an internal quiz to familiarise its employees with the Mandatory WELS.

The public can also look out for more information on the Mandatory WELS for washing machines in the retail stores, on Channel 5, Channel 8 and Catch-up TV as well as in STOMP, Omy and Razor TV. This awareness programme is a follow-up on PUB’s water conservation awareness effort in the first quarter this year.

“Many people do not appreciate that every drop adds up. Generally, laundry accounts for 19% of an average family’s monthly water consumption. Through collaboration with suppliers and retailers, TV and online publicity as well as other initiatives, we hope to raise public awareness that water is precious even though it is easily available at the turn of a tap,” explained Mr Chong Hou Chun, Director (Water Supply Network), PUB.

Mr Chong added household activities such as showers and washing in the kitchen sink generally make up 29% and 22% of an average family’s monthly water consumption respectively. By shortening the duration of water usage, people can save 9 litres (Six 1.5-litre bottles) of water per minute in shower and 8 litres (About five 1.5-litre bottles) of water per minute in the kitchen sink.

Started in 2009, the Mandatory WELS is a grading system of 0/1/2/3 ticks to reflect the water efficiency level of a product. Currently, taps and mixers, dual-flush low capacity flushing (LCFCS), urinal flush valves and waterless urinals are labelled under this Scheme. The more ticks a product has, the more water-efficient it is. This is a follow-up scheme from Voluntary WELS which was introduced in 2006.

Today, Singapore has built a robust, diversified and sustainable water supply from four different sources known as the Four National Taps (water from local catchment areas, imported water, reclaimed water known as NEWater and desalinated water). More than 5 million people enjoy clean, safe water at a turn of tap. However securing an adequate water supply is not enough. It is equally important to manage the water demand. As part of its long-term efforts, PUB has built up a comprehensive water conservation programme to reach out to the People, Private and Public sectors.

PUB’s efforts in water conservation have seen Singapore’s per capita domestic water consumption decrease from 165 litres per day in 2003 to the current 154 litres. The target is to lower it to 147 litres by 2020 and 140 litres by 2030. Refer to Annex 1 for details on PUB’s water conservation efforts.

For more information on Mandatory WELS, the public can visit www.pub.gov.sg/wels or call PUB 24-hour Call Centre at 1800 284 6600.

Source and Image: PUB

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