Sixteen buildings given awards for water efficient measures

The Marina Bay Financial Centre.
The Marina Bay Financial Centre. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - Sixteen buildings were on Friday morning recognised for having water efficient features, such as systems that monitor water consumption or those that harvest rainwater for other uses, such as watering plants.

The winners received certifications from Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, at the Water Efficent Building Certification (Gold/ Silver) Presentation Ceremony held at the Environment Building.

Six buildings - the Marina Bay Financial Centre, Ocean Financial Centre, Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay, One Raffles Link, Tanah Merah Prison and Changi Women's Prison - won gold certification.

Ten other buildings, including Bugis Junction Tower, International Plaza, Mee Toh School and the State Courts, received the silver certification.

By 2060, water usage by the non-domestic sector is expected to grow from the current 55 per cent to about 70 per cent,said Mr Michael Toh, director of PUB's Water Supply (Network) department.

He said: "We are encouraged that leading organisations in the non-domestic sector have responded positively to our call to build in water conservation practices into their management and business processes."

Mr Masagos, in his first speech as Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, congratulated the winners, saying: "You have all done well and I encourage you to continue with the good job and share your best practices with others and make water conservation a natural part of your business."