How to save water at home?
In Singapore, most water is used for personal hygiene, laundry, and cleaning. Singaporeans use an average of around 180 litres per person per day.
To save water at home, it is best to:
use water-efficient shower heads;
install dual-flush toilets; and
use low-flow taps and shower fittings.
This will reduce the amount of water used at home. In turn, this will reduce water consumption and bills.
By using water-efficient shower heads, you can save up to 30 per cent of water used per shower.
A dual-flush toilet uses less water per flush than a single-flush toilet. This can save up to 25 per cent of water when flushing the toilet.
When using low-flow taps and shower fittings, you can save up to 10 per cent of water used for washing your hands or taking a bath. This may not sound much. But it is a lot when it comes to saving water at home!
What is the water price now?
It costs around S$0.80 to S$1.30 per 1,000 litres of water. For comparison, in London, UK it costs $5.8 per 1,000 litres. In Sydney, Australia it costs $3.2 per 1,000 litres.
Why is the price different in Singapore and other countries? Do we get a discount?
In Singapore, most water is used for personal hygiene, laundry and cleaning purposes. It is not used for irrigation or industrial uses at homes or factories because of the easy availability of alternative sources for those purposes.
This makes Singapore’s water more valuable than almost all other countries around the world where they have to use other sources for irrigation or industrial uses because their water is not so readily available or too expensive to use for these purposes (e.g., Hong Kong). So yes we do get a discount!