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Top 5 Most Popular FAQs
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 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 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
What is the intent behind levying WBF and SAF?
The current used water tariff structure comprises both a fixed and variable component - sanitary appliance fee (SAF) and a waterborne fee (WBF) respectively. SAF is set at $3 per sanitary appliance for all users. Domestic and non-domestic users are charged WBF of 30c/m3 and 60c/m3, respectively. These charges are used to offset the cost of maintaining, operating and expanding the sewerage system.
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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