‘Use less water or pay higher tariff’

Posted on August 10, 2010. Filed under: Water resource |

-The Sun-

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng

GEORGE TOWN (Aug 10, 2010): Consumers and organisations will have to develop water saving habits or risk paying higher water tariffs.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said said if water consumption shoots up too rapidly, the state government may have to invest billions to develop new raw water resources.

“We may have to spend billions to build additional infrastructure such as dams, treatment plants and pumping stations which will inevitably lead to higher water tariffs,” he said.

He said water consumption in Penang was increasing too rapidly and the state depended on a ‘shared’ raw water resource, the Muda River.

In a bid to get more Penangites to save water and cut down on its consumption, the Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) has introduced water-friendly initiatives such as the Aquasave programme.

“In this way, we can ensure sufficient supply for all while moderating tariff reviews for everyone’s benefit,” he said when launching the logo of the Aquasave sustainable water management programme,

Water consumption in Penang had increased 38% since 1999. Penangites used 286 litres of water a person per day compared with 155 litres in Singapore and the UN-recommended 165 litres.

The Aquasave programme rewards “water-friendly” organisations with a “green” award and a certificate.

Organisations that receive the award for three consecutive years will qualify for an additional special incentive.

Participation is open to all businesses, industrial companies, hotels, education institutions, government departments and NGOs.

Interested parties may download application forms from the pba.com.my  website. — theSun

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