Singapore Prison Service lauded for water conservation efforts with Watermark Award

A vendor (seated) and prison officer monitoring the usage of utilities, including water at the Building Management Systems Room of Changi Prison, on March 29, 2017.
A vendor (seated) and prison officer monitoring the usage of utilities, including water at the Building Management Systems Room of Changi Prison, on March 29, 2017.ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
A prison inmate, watched by a prison officer, using a tap fitted with water-saving device at the Hope Cafe of Changi Prison, on March 29, 2017.
A prison inmate, watched by a prison officer, using a tap fitted with water-saving device at the Hope Cafe of Changi Prison, on March 29, 2017. ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Pratt & Whitney utilises water reduction technologies to cut down water usage in the company.
Pratt & Whitney utilises water reduction technologies to cut down water usage in the company.PHOTO: PUB
Tampines North Primary School implements measures such as using a filled bottle in the flushing tank to conserve water.
Tampines North Primary School implements measures such as using a filled bottle in the flushing tank to conserve water.PHOTO: PUB
Nee Soon South Clean and Green Committee co-organises outreach activities with PUB to promote water conservation through exhibitions at grassroots events.
Nee Soon South Clean and Green Committee co-organises outreach activities with PUB to promote water conservation through exhibitions at grassroots events.PHOTO: PUB

SINGAPORE - What do a national prison service, a primary school, a multinational aero-engine firm and a community group have in common? They all won this year's Watermark Awards.

National water agency PUB whittled down the 35 applications they received to the Singapore Prison Service (SPS), Tampines North Primary School, Pratt & Whitney, and the Nee Soon South Clean and Green Committee.

The annual Watermark Award recognises individuals and organisations for their contributions to the conservation of Singapore's water resources.

One of the winners of this year's award, the prison service, changed the water fittings in all of its prison clusters and workshops, and this contributed to it using 12.8 per cent less water in 2016 than 2013.

The deputy commissioner of prisons and chief of staff at the service, Ms Shie Yong Lee, said she was proud and thankful for the award.

"It's an affirmation of not just the efforts of our staff, but also our inmates and our partners," said Ms Shie.

She noted: "Winning this award doesn't mean that the journey ends here. We will continue to support our water conservation and other environmental sustainability efforts."

This is the 10th year of the awards, and the ceremony will take place on March 31 at the Marina Barrage.