On Friday morning, sixteen buildings were acknowledged for having water efficient characteristics, including systems that track water usage or those that pick rainwater for some other uses like watering plants.
The winners were given certificates from Mr. Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, in the Water Efficent Building Certification (Gold/ Silver) Presentation Ceremony held in the Environment Building.
Six buildings – Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay, Ocean Financial Centre, the Marina Bay Financial Centre, One Raffles Link, Tanah Merah Prison and Changi Women’s Prison – won gold certificate.
Ten other buildings, including Mee Toh School, International Plaza, Bugis Junction Tower as well as the State Courts, received the silver certificate.
By 2060, water use by the non-domestic sector is likely to increase from the present 55% to about 70%, said Mr. Michael Toh, manager of PUB’s Water Supply (Network) department.
He explained: “We’re encouraged that leading organisations in the non-domestic sector have reacted favorably to our call to create in water conservation practices in their management and business spread your best practices with others and make water conservation a natural part of your business “processes.”
Mr. Masagos, in his first speech as Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, congratulated the winners, saying: “you’ve all done nicely and that I encourage one to continue this feat”