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Hwa Chong’s Water Conservation Recognised with Water Efficient Building Certification 2015

08 Oct 2015
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Hwa Chong Institution has received the Water Efficient Building (WEB) Certification (Silver) 2015 for its efforts in water conservation. The WEB Certification was launched in 2004 by the Public Utilities Board (PUB) to encourage businesses, industries, schools, and buildings from the non-domestic sector to include water efficient measures in their premises and processes. The WEB Certification is also recognised under the Green Mark Certification scheme for buildings.

The whole-school approach to water conservation has been key to Hwa Chong achieving this certification. There has been emphasis not just on re-designing physical facilities for more efficient water usage, but also education outreach. For example, Hwa Chong students learn about water conservation experientially though the school’s education outreach programme, ecoRitch.  This is a student-designed water trail at MacRitchie Reservoir.  Since 2012, different groups of Hwa Chong students have led pupils from primary schools through the trail.  In the process, these pupils learn not only about the importance of water conservation, but also learn to appreciate the flora and fauna in the area.

The re-design of physical facilities included replacing all water taps in the school’s toilets with water-saving taps with a 3-second delay feature. This effectively cuts down waste from residual water drip.  In addition, the water recycled from air-conditioners in the school is used to water plants on campus. Through this initiative, water usage has also been reduced by a considerable amount.

Mr Chan Kwok Leong (Deputy Principal/ Student Development (JC)) receiving the certification from Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources at the Certificate Presentation Ceremony

It is our sincere wish that the recognition of our efforts with the WEB Certification will spur all members of the Hwa Chong community to contribute further in conserving an important resource for all of us.

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