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21 Jun 2019
PUB
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Illegal discharge of hazardous materials a serious offence

We thank Mr Roger Chua Yeu Hock for his letter (Increase fines for firms that discharge waste illegally, June 14). The illegal discharge of industrial used water containing hazardous substances into our public sewers is a serious offence, as it compromises the operational integrity of the sewerage network and disrupts the used water treatment process at water reclamation plants. It can also pose fire and health hazards to the workers ma......



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19 Jun 2019
PUB
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Govt must ensure Hyflux remains a S'pore asset

The announcement that local water-treatment firm Hyflux has received a fourth non-binding letter of intent for a potential investment from a Chinese power service provider raises some concerns (China state-owned firm's unit eyeing Hyflux assets, June 15). This is not the first foreign firm to express interest in taking over the lucrative business of water treatment. Hyflux was due to sign a binding agreement with United Arab Emirates utility Utico for......



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18 Jun 2019
PUB
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Firms given funding and other support to drive water savings

We thank Mr Tan Kar Quan for his letter (Is fund for water efficiency being optimally allocated?, June 13). National water agency PUB and the National Research Foundation (NRF) provide funding to encourage industrial users and businesses to implement prototype research and development projects in the areas of water efficiency and recycling. This is to drive water savings in the non-domestic sector. Currently, non-domestic water usage ac......



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13 Jun 2019
PUB
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Is fund for water efficiency being optimally allocated?

The $26 million fund by national water agency PUB and the National Research Foundation (NRF) for water-intensive companies to boost water efficiency can inspire companies in other industries to adopt best practices ($26m fund for water-intensive firms to boost water efficiency, June 4). However, I wonder if the fund is being optimally allocated. Take the example of Swiss-based infant milk manufacturer Wyeth Nutritionals (Singapore), a s......



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06 Jun 2019
PUB
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Excellent work by PUB officers

Recently, PUB contractors carried out upgrading work on the common drains outside my house. The work caused a backflow of rain water and soil into a discharge pipe that links the interior of my property to the common drain. This resulted in an expulsion of rain water and soil inside my property, causing my family some distress. Fortunately, the team from PUB was very professional in its response. Even though the incident ......



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23 Apr 2019
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How did PUB conduct tests to ensure water safety?

A recent report said that "Hyflux failed to replace poorly performing membranes in 2017, which affected the quantity and quality of Tuaspring water" (PUB to take over Tuaspring to safeguard water security, April 18). Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli said earlier this month that the water supplied to consumers is safe to use and drink, and that national water agency PUB conducts many tests to ensure water safety. ......



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19 Apr 2019
PUB
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Financial discipline in capital expenditure

The Public Utilities Board is installing 300,000 smart meters in residential and commercial premises during the initial phase which will be operational in 2023. These smart meters are likely to replace the manual reading of the meters which is now carried out every two months. Can the PUB share the estimated cost of this installation and the annual savings from the reduced manpower needed to read the meters?  Every major capital ex......



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08 Apr 2019
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Price of water quoted by Hyflux for Tuaspring

What was the price that Hyflux bid to get Tuaspring? According to this report, Hyflux bidded $0.35 per cu meter. a data-ft="{"tn":"-U"}" data-lynx-mode="async" data-lynx-uri="https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.globalwaterintel.com%2Fnews%2F2018%2F21%2Fhow-hyflux-was-brought-down-by-its-ambition%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR2Thkb01Js1J9ja2oEFWRwQuxl2v......



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01 Apr 2019
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Price of Water

PRICE OF WATER Water from Johore cost RM 0.03 per 1,000 gallons. Malaysia wants to increase the price 16 times. If Singapore agrees, it will be RM 0.50. We have to add the cost of processing the water. PUB said RM2.40 a few years ago. The total cost will be RM2.90 or $0.97 per 1,000 gallon or $0.21 per cu meter. Hyflux tendered $0.35 to produce the desalinated water. Thi......



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26 Mar 2019
PUB
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Allow investors to renegotiate Tuaspring restructuring plan

National water agency PUB is right in saying that water security for Singapore is paramount (PUB to take over Tuaspring for zero dollars if defaults not fixed, March 22). Nonetheless, it should explain why it needs to take over the plant as soon as possible without allowing time for r......



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20 Mar 2019
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The Tuaspring tender

Someone shared this article which provides more details about the Tuaspring tender. This was the project that Hyflux won and it became the project that caused Hyflux to get into big financial problems. It appears that the Tuaspring tender put out by the Public Utilities Board only asked for the desalination plant. It w......



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13 Mar 2019
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Hyflux, PUB need to be more open to help investors

As Hyflux and Tuaspring Private Limited have been given only one month to resolve financial and operational matters, the outcome of the current debt restructuring scheme will determine whether PUB exercises its right to take over Tuaspring (PUB monitoring Hyflux's other plants and will step in if they default, March 8). Hyflux's investors are thus put in a position of deciding the outcome of Tuaspring, even though they do not have information on the c......



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10 Dec 2018
PUB
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Managing S'pore's water needs

Significant progress has been made by the Government to ensure a safe and sustainable water supply in the future. Despite all this effort, the country is still heavily dependent on water imported from Malaysia. However, climate change has affected water levels. In addition, political factors may affect the import of water too. Singapore should work on increasing the local supply of water and managing its growing demand. Inflicting higher water tariffs......



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14 Sep 2018
PUB
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Tackle the problem of foreign fish in waterways

I'm flabbergasted that national water agency PUB has missed the wood for the trees in the recent incident where two boys were caught fishing (Youths fishing at Merlion Park: PUB says boys have been identified and will be counselled, Sept 8; and PUB not taking further action against 2 youths seen fishing illegally at Merlion Park, Sept 9). The fish the boys caught appears to be a large cichla, which is also known as thepeacock bass. It is a predatory freshwater fish native to the A......



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