Sale of zero-tick washing machines to stop from 1 April 2014 [Press Release]
With effect from 1 April 2014, only washing machines with one or more ticks are permitted for sale in stores. PUB, the national water agency is increasing its efforts on water conservation as it moves to encourage more water-efficient household water appliances under the Mandatory Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (MWELS 强制省水标签计划). Moving forward, PUB intends to raise the minimum requirement for washing machines from one tick to two ticks in 2015.
The more ticks a product has, the more water efficient it is. A one-tick washing machine can save 81 litres of water per wash for a 7kg laundry load. Those with two and three ticks can save 102 litres and 112 litres of water, respectively. Sales of three-tick washing machines have increased by 17% from 55,174 in 2011 to 79,309 in 2013.
Ms Elsa, a resident who stays in a 4-room flat at Punggol Walk said, “We purchased a three-tick washing machine when we moved into our new flat last year. It helps us to save water and save money. In addition, we also reuse the rinse water to flush toilet.”
“Laundry is the third most water-consuming activity at home and accounts for 19% of an average family’s monthly water consumption. PUB has been working with suppliers and retailers to provide clear labelling to indicate the water efficiency of every washing machine. This will help consumers to make an informed choice when buying one,” said Mr Chong Hou Chun, Director of Water Supply Network at PUB.
Showers and washing in the kitchen sink top the chart as the two most water-consuming activities at home at 29% and 22%, respectively.
Before 1 April 2014, washing machines and other water appliances sold in Singapore carry a water efficiency label ranging from zero to three ticks. For more information on Mandatory WELS, please visit www.pub.gov.sg/wels.
Retailers doing their part for water conservation
Since March 2014, PUB has been working with NTUC FairPrice to bring water conservation messages to consumers at their six hypermarkets at JEM, Jurong Point, NEX Mall, Changi Business Park, Ang Mo Kio Hub and Hougang 1. For example, “Go with more ticks to save water” wobblers are displayed at its washing machine area, the “Wash in a Filled Sink” wobblers are placed at its kitchen products area, “Wash on Full Load” wobblers are found at its laundry products area, “Use a Tumbler” wobblers are located at its dental products area, while “Take your shower under 5 minutes” wobblers are displayed at its shampoo/shower products area. These wobblers will be displayed till May 2014 and serve as useful reminders to save water at home.
Other retailers such as Best Denki, Courts, Gain City and Harvey Norman are also showing support for water conservation by displaying information on Mandatory WELS.
Refer to Annex 1 for factsheet on water conservation.