Found out your PUB water meter missing? When a SP (Singapore Power) account is closed (due to reasons of unit being rented out or sold), the technicians from SP will head down to your unit and physically off the electrical switches, water and gas valves.
However by removing the water meter, it leaves you with a whole lot of questions like “who removed the water meter?” or “can i replace it on my own”. No you can’t replace it on your own unless it’s a private meter and not a PUB water meter.
So what should you do if your PUB water meter missing?
Firstly, go to the SP website and open a SP account if you haven’t done so. SP technicians will have to physically come down to turn the valves on. If the water meter is absent, the technicians will advise you immediately on your next course of action or they could simply install one for you. PUB water meter can only be removed by SP technicians or PUB themselves. Anyone else caught removing it without PUB consent can be jailed or fined.
In most cases SP or PUB is expecting you to do renovation or A&A (Addition & Alteration) work to your recently transacted unit. Hence they require you to find a Licensed Plumber to apply for a new PUB water meter to ensure the meter size and capacity can support your usage.
The License Plumber will draw the layout of the pipelines in a floor plan, a schematic diagram of the water works and calculate your estimated water usage before applying a new water meter from PUB.
Tip : When buying a shop or residential unit, coordinate with the previous owner to close and open a new SP account on the same day. To have the PUB meter removed is a hassle as it takes an average of 3 working days to have a SP technician come down to turn on/off your valves.