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Top 5 Most Popular FAQs
What are some of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements under MEWR's purview?
The Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) under MEWR's purview are:
1. Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer
2. Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer
3. Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their disposal
4. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
5. Kyoto Protocol
6. Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
7. Rotterdam Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Convention
With the 4 National Taps in place, will Government consider removing or reducing the Water Conservation Tax (WCT) and tariff on the household utilities bill?
Although we have diversified our water supply through the 4 National Taps, our water resources are not unlimited and additional sources of water come at a higher incremental cost.
Hence, in addition to recovering the costs of producing and supplying water, the WCT remains important in encouraging prudent use of water. We need to continue to reinforce the message that water is strategic and precious to us, and we will need to conserve it and use it wisely.
What are some of the areas that we are working with China in the environmental field currently?
There are currently 2 MOUs which we have signed with China in the environmental field. Firstly, MEWR and China's State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) signed an MOU on 24 May 04 to promote cooperation in the field of environmental protection and management, and sustainable development. The MOU aims to enhance cooperation between the two countries to protect and improve the human and natural environment, and strengthen our friendly relations. It also spells out specific environmental areas of mutual interest and the agreed mechanism. Secondly and more recently, MEWR and PRC Ministry of Construction (MOC) signed an MOU on 11 Jul 07 to promote cooperation in the area of urban environment and integrated utilization of urban water resources.
What are the hours allowed for construction work? Are there any controls on the noise nuisance created?
For a summary of the maximum noise levels permitted at construction sites, please see
What is the size of flood-prone areas in Singapore? What is the Government doing to alleviate flooding?
With an ongoing drainage improvement programme, PUB has reduced flood prone areas in Singapore from about 3,200 hectares in the 1970s to 56 hectares today. With continuous drainage improvement works, this will be further reduced to 40 hectares in 2013.
PUB adopts three key strategies for flood management and they are: (i) providing adequate drainage ahead of new developments, (ii) implementing flood protection measures and (iii) continual drainage improvement in flood prone areas.
For more information, please refer to http://www.pub.gov.sg/managingflashfloods/fms/Pages/default.aspx
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