20140826 HDB removes advisory from website, passes the buck to NEA

From: pipakh
Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 10:46 PM
To: Yi Hui TAN (HDB)
Subject: 20140813 Suggestions for air con trays

Dear Ms Tan

The removal of a useful advisory has not resolved the issue of air con trays being potential mosquito breeding grounds.

Instead of seeing my feedback as useful in our fight against dengue, HDB is more concerned about residents being misled into thinking the HDB is the regulator of air con trays. You have got your priorities all wrong.

The HDB is not bothered that without the advisory, HDB residents will be unaware that air con trays are potential mosquito breeding grounds.

Since the air con tray serves no purpose because the drainage piping can be connected directly from the air con, why doesn’t HDB prohibit future installation?

HDB’s action has effectively increased the workload of NEA officers. Isn’t HDB aware we are in peak dengue season and NEA is shorthanded?

Suggestion:

– HDB inserts the advisory.
– Existing owners to connect directly from air con compressor to drainage piping.
– Ban future installation of air con trays.

Please reply.

Thank you.

Regards

Phillip Ang

From: Yi Hui TAN (HDB)
Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 9:21 AM
To: pipakh
Cc: Kok Hwa WONG (HDB)
Subject: FW: 20140720 Fw: 20140710 Did HDB remove its advisory from its website?

Dear Mr Ang,

We refer to your enquiries in your emails on 10 and 20 Jul 14 on the actions taken to identify and remove air-conditioner trays and the reasons for the removal of NEA’s advisory on HDB InfoWEB.

We understand that NEA had informed you in their reply of 18 July 14, that NEA’s officers would work with the home owners on the removal of the air-conditioner trays when the officers encounter such cases and would request owners, who wish to retain their air-conditioner tray, that they are required to keep their the air-conditioner trays free of mosquito breeding. Action will also be taken against home owners if mosquito breeding is detected on their air-conditioner trays.

We have informed you in our earlier reply of 23 Jun 14 that HDB does not regulate the installation of air-conditioner tray. We have removed the advisory on air-conditioner tray from HDB InfoWEB to avoid misleading readers that HDB regulates the installation of air-conditional trays.

We thank you for your feedback.

Regards,

Tan Yi Hui
Senior Engineer
Housing Maintenance Department
Housing Management Group
Housing & Development Board

Tan Yi Hui . Senior Engineer Housing Maintenance Department
Housing Management Group. Tel: 6490 2233
Housing & Development Board

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From: pipakh [mailto:pipakh@singnet.com.sg]
Sent: Sunday, 20 July, 2014 10:23 PM
To: Yi Hui TAN (HDB)
Subject: 20140720 Fw: 20140710 Did HDB remove its advisory from its website?

Dear Ms Tan

I refer to my query on the removal of HDB’s advisory (enclosed).

The advisory serves a purpose. The issue of mosquito breeding grounds does not justify its removal. The problem lies in the indifferent attitude of the HDB, town councils, NEA and grassroots leaders.

Do note that whenever I had to feedback to the PMO and ministers, it is due to the refusal to engage from civil servants.

The HDB has also not assured me with a concrete plan of action eg liase with town councils to identify all air con trays and have them removed.

Should you not reply soon, I will direct my query to the minister.

Thank you.

Regards

Phillip Ang

From: pipakh
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2014 1:44 PM
To: Yi Hui TAN (HDB)
Subject: 20140710 Did HDB remove its advisory from its website?

Dear Ms Tan

I refer to my feedback to the HDB dated 29 May.

I attached a link to HDB’s website @ http://www.hdb.gov.sg/fi10/fi10324p.nsf/w/HomeRenoGuidelinesAirCon?OpenDocument showing HDB’s advisory on trays installed under air conditioners.

The HDB advisory appears to have been removed. Did the HDB remove the advisory?

Please reply.

Thank you.

Regards

Phillip Ang

From: Yi Hui TAN (HDB)
Sent: Monday, June 23, 2014 9:37 AM
To: pipakh
Cc: Veronica ENG (NEA)
Subject: Feedback on Advisory on Air-Conditioner Trays

Dear Mr Phillip Ang,

We refer to your feedback of 29 May 14, on the advisory note on air-conditioner trays on HDB InfoWEB.

2 We wish to clarify that while both NEA and HDB do not regulate the installation of air-conditioner trays, under HDB’s General Conditions Governing Installation of Air Conditioners, “Flat owner shall, at his own expense, maintain the air-conditioner at all times to avoid causing any inconvenience or nuisance to nearby occupants.”

3 NEA discourages residents from having a tray beneath and/or on top of any air-conditioning unit so as to avoid creating conditions favourable for mosquito breeding. Residents who decide to install the tray should maintain the tray to prevent mosquito breeding, failing which NEA may take enforcement action. We also wish to clarify that the note on both NEA’s website and HDB InfoWEB is an advisory and flat owners remain responsible for such installations.

4 We thank you for your feedback.

Your sincerely,

Veronica Eng Tan Yi Hui
Executive Senior Engineer
Quality Service Unit Housing Maintenance Department
Environmental Health Department Housing Management Group
National Environment Agency Housing And Development Board

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Description : From: pipakh Received: 29/5/2014 5:34:34 PM

To: contact_nea; MND_Benny_LIM; contact_nea; Ronnie_TAY; SOH_Wan_Kuan

Subject: 20140529 HDB should not ignore its own advisory on trays under air con compressor

Dear HDB

I recently came across HDB’s advisory on air conditioner trays. http://www.hdb.gov.sg/fi10/fi10324p.nsf/w/HomeRenoGuidelinesAirCon?OpenDocument

“Advisory Notes On Air-conditioner Tray
No tray or receptacle should be placed beneath and/or on top of any air-conditioner unit so as not to create a condition favourable for mosquito breeding. NEA may take legal action against anyone who creates a condition favourable to the breeding of mosquitoes.”

The HDB is aware of the issue of mosquito breeding but does not carry out any enforcement . Whether the NEA takes action does not absolve the HDB of its responsibility to ensure the trays have not been installed.

The fact that many trays have been installed for years is confirmation that HDB has never conducted any inspection.

It is a possibility that HDB’s lack of a proper inspection schedule has caused a spike in the number of dengue cases. The NEA may wish to take note and help expedite HDB’s implementation of a proper inspection schedule. .

Same unit with 2 trays under 2 compressors.

Perhaps NEA may wish to consider issuing fines to the HDB instead of only faulting residents since the HDB has not discharged its responsibility.

It does not help that town council officers who are out in the estate daily are as indifferent as our ‘bochap’ grassroots members.

Without a proper inspection and enforcement, having rules are meaningless.

Thank you and have a nice day.

Regards

Phillip Ang

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2 Responses to 20140826 HDB removes advisory from website, passes the buck to NEA

  1. Mee blah blah says:

    Hi Philips Ang
    Just to share my experience. My 2 neighbors! directly above my unit simply allows their air con condensate to drip free fall onto my air on unit. Eventually I complained to Hdb and their action were to install aircon tray beneath with piping to drain away the condensate.
    A simple solution to prevent mosquitoes breeding is to tilte the tray to draw the water away and not allow water to collect.
    The other expensive solution is often seen in private condos and newer hdb units where the aircon ledge is inbuilt and owners are more motivated to maintain it clean and dry since it is viewed as part of their space.
    2 sides to a coin.

    • phillip ang says:

      Hi
      You can tilt the tray but leaves may be blown onto it and eventually it’ll be clogged.
      All new flats connect piping from air con compressor directly without a tray.

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