No. S 832
Public Utilities Act
(Chapter 261)
Public Utilities (Water Supply) (Amendment) Regulations 2010
In exercise of the powers conferred by section 72 of the Public Utilities Act, the Public Utilities Board, with the approval of the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, hereby makes the following Regulations:
Citation and commencement
1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Public Utilities (Water Supply) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 and shall come into operation on 1st January 2011.
Amendment of regulation 21
2.  Regulation 21 of the Public Utilities (Water Supply) Regulations (Rg 5) (referred to in these Regulations as the principal Regulations) is amended —
(a)by inserting, immediately after the words “water service plumber licence” in paragraph (1), the words “which is in force immediately before 1st January 2011”;
(b)by deleting the words “for such further periods” in paragraph (1);
(c)by inserting, immediately after paragraph (1), the following paragraphs:
(1A)  A water service plumber licence issued or renewed on or after 1st January 2011 shall be valid for the lifetime of the holder of the licence, unless —
(a)it is earlier cancelled or suspended under regulation 22; or
(b)it ceases to be valid under paragraph (1B).
(1B)  A water service plumber licence shall cease to be valid on the date that the holder of the licence attains the age of 65, 68, 71, 74, 77, 80, 83, 86, 89, 92, 95, 98 or 101, unless before that date, the holder of the licence submits to the Board a copy of a medical report issued not more than 3 months before that date by a registered medical practitioner, certifying that the holder of the licence is physically and mentally fit to carry out water service works.”; and
(d)by inserting, immediately after the words “expired or” in paragraph (2), the words “to reinstate a licence which”.
New regulation 21A
3.  The principal Regulations are amended by inserting, immediately after regulation 21, the following regulation:
Training requirements for licensed water service plumbers
21A.  The Board may require any licensed water service plumber to —
(a)complete such additional training or attend such refresher course as the Board may specify relating to the carrying out of any water service work; and
(b)undergo and pass such examination or test to satisfy the Board of his fitness to continue to be licensed as a water service plumber.”.
Deletion and substitution of regulation 22
4.  Regulation 22 of the principal Regulations is deleted and the following regulation substituted therefor:
Licence to be subject to cancellation or suspension by Board
22.—(1)  Notwithstanding any penalty which may be imposed under these Regulations or otherwise, if a licensed water service plumber —
(a)has obtained the licence by making or producing, or causing to be made or produced, any false or fraudulent declaration, certificate or representation, whether in writing or otherwise;
(b)has, in the opinion of the Board, contravened any provision of the Act or any regulations made thereunder or any condition of the water service plumber licence issued to him;
(c)has committed an offence under any other written law of such a nature as to render it, in the opinion of the Board, undesirable that he should continue to hold the licence;
(d)has failed to complete such training, attend such course or pass such examination or test as required by the Board under regulation 21A;
(e)is, in the opinion of the Board, incapable of carrying out any water service work of the class for which the licence was issued; or
(f)is, for some other reason, not fit to be licensed or continue to be licensed as a water service plumber,
the Board may, after giving the licensed water service plumber a reasonable opportunity to be heard, cancel or suspend the licence for such period as the Board thinks fit.
(2)  The Board may cancel the licence of a water service plumber upon his application for the cancellation of his licence.
(3)  Upon such cancellation or during such suspension, that person shall for the purpose of the Act and these Regulations be deemed not to be a licensed water service plumber.
(4)  No compensation shall be paid by the Board to any person whose water service plumber licence is cancelled or suspended and no fee or part of the fee shall be refunded by the Board to that person in respect of the unexpired period of such licence.”.
Amendment of Third Schedule
5.  Paragraph 1 of the Third Schedule to the principal Regulations is amended by deleting sub-paragraph (2) and substituting the following sub-paragraph:
(2)  Fee for licence as water service plumber
[G.N. Nos. S 97/2005; S 703/2008]
Made this 17th day of December 2010.
Public Utilities Board,
[AD/00301/1; AG/LLRD/SL/261/2010/1 Vol. 1]
(To be presented to Parliament under section 72(4) of the Public Utilities Act).