SPAN drafting law for buildings to use water-efficient products

Marzuki Mohammad (second from left) says it may take a long time to transition from voluntary use of water-efficient products to compulsory.

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Water Service Commission (SPAN) is close to finishing a law which will compel buildings to use water-efficient products.

SPAN water monitoring department executive director Marzuki Mohammad said the draft law is at 80% and will be submitted to the ministry soon, followed by the Cabinet.

He said SPAN’s goal was to make it mandatory for water-efficient products to be installed at all government premises, especially schools, before the rule is enforced on privately owned premises.

“The proposal to make their use mandatory at government premises may be done within two months. We are still studying how to make it compulsory for all premises,” Marzuki told reporters at the Bandar Tun Hussein Onn mosque in Cheras.

He gave the example of three mosques which in 2017 installed water-efficient products at the piling stage of construction.

The project is a collaboration between SPAN and the Selangor government, assisted by the Selangor water management and Selangor Islamic state department.

Marzuki estimated that the products installed at the mosques could save up to 68% of water compared to the average consumption rate.

“Once the product is installed, it has to be labelled,” he added.

“We are currently studying the labelling rules of water-efficient products.”

He said there are three levels of rating for the labelling scheme, to indicate the product’s performance.

He added that SPAN would gradually enforce water efficiency labelling on products that use water.

“The transition period will take a long time,” he said, adding that the process had taken about 10 years in neighbouring Singapore.