Support for water surcharge

Posted on June 18, 2010. Filed under: Water resource |

-The Star- NON-GOVERNMENTAL organisations (NGOs) have welcomed the Penang Government’s plan to impose a water conservation surcharge for those who use water excessively.

Federation of Malaysia Consumer Associations (Fomca) vice-president K. Koris described the surcharge as a “very good move”.

He said Malaysia was the only place in the world where people use treated water to wash their cars and water the plants.

Koris, who is also the Penang Consumer Protection Association president and World Water Council (WWC) member, also called for the state to increase water tariffs.

“It’s ridiculous that a family pays more for their handphone bills than they do for water.

“In India, people suffer because there is a lack of treated water but here, people are wasting water,” he said.

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) president S.M. Idris said the association had always been in favour of imposing extra charges for those who use water excessively.

“The more you use, the more you pay — that is fair.

“However, we want more details on the proposed water surcharge and also for other water conservation measures such as water harvesting, to be implemented,” he said.

Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) Penang branch chairman D. Kanda Kumar welcomed the surcharge but stressed that it should only be imposed on “those who use water excessively”.

“I know many people who manage their water usage prudently and these people should not have to pay.

“Penang has the lowest water tariff in the country so those who waste indiscriminately should pay a surcharge,” he said, calling for more details of the proposed surcharge to be revealed.

On Tuesday, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state government planned to impose a water conservation surcharge in the third quarter of this year to reduce water consumption and prevent any water crisis.

He said a proposal to impose the surcharge had been submitted to the Federal Government but the state had yet to work out the quantum of the surcharge.

Currently, the state’s domestic consumers are using water more than the national average of 205 litres per person daily, and more than the 165 litre per person daily amount recommended by the United Nations


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