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New premises for PUB

26 January 2007 1614 hrs (CNA)

Singapore's national water agency, PUB will be relocating to the Environment Building at Scotts Road on Monday.

PUB says the move is strategic as it brings the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR), the National Environment Agency (NEA) and PUB under one roof.

PUB’s Chief Executive, Khoo Teng Chye said the PUB has been working closely with MEWR and NEA and “the consolidation of the whole MEWR family in one location will foster even better working relationships.”

Services to the public however will remain relatively unchanged with the relocation.

SP Services will continue as PUB’s billing agent and will still handle customer matters related to water accounts, so customers who need to open a water account for their residential or commercial premises will still need to visit SP Service’s Customer Service Centre on the Upper Ground Floor at SP Building.

Alternatively, this can also be done at SP’s counter at HDB Hub.

Those who visit the Customer Service Centre at the Environment Building will be able to enjoy integrated services for both PUB and the NEA such as the payment of license fees, general enquiries and tenders.

For the past 30 years,PUB has been housed at the Singapore Power Building (SP Building) off Orchard Road.

With the move from SP Building, the role of PUB as the national water agency should become clearer to those who still associate PUB with electricity and gas services which are now in fact handled by Singapore Power since it was corporatised in 1995.

Sales manager Janice Lee, who often visits clients at SP Building, recalls “Although this building was been renamed Singapore Power Building for many years, many people still fondly refer to it as PUB Building. Even now when I tell taxi drivers to take me to PUB Building, they know which building I am talking about.”

This is the third move for PUB which was first located at City Hall before moving to Colombo Court and then, SP Building which was initially called 'PUB Building'.