Water should be used wisely — Gerakan

Posted on March 19, 2011. Filed under: Energy |

-The Borneo Post-

KOTA KINABALU: A senior leader from Gerakan has contended that there is a tendency for Malaysians to waste water due to misconception that the country enjoys year round heavy rainfall and will not face a water shortage problem.

As such, Dr Cheah Soon Hai, who heads the party’s central bureau on environment, safety and quality of life, reckoned that Malaysians start using water wisely starting from correcting their water usage habits.

He said there cannot be any good reason for wasting natural resources.

In Malaysia, said Dr Cheah, the recommended water consumption for each household is 165 litres per day.

However, reports revealed the usage of water for each household in general is more than 226 litres per day.

“Compared to our neighbouring countries, Malaysia’s water consumption is more than double that of Singapore’s and triple or more compared to Thailand.

That shows how wasteful Malaysians are,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Dr Cheah said in Singapore, the price of water per meter cubic is around SGD0.50, equivalent to RM1.25, whereas in Thailand it is between 10 to 15 Thai baht, equivalent to RM1 to RM1.50.

According to him, this price of water in Malaysia is relatively low compared to its two neighbouring countries.

Besides, being one of the controlled and subsidised natural resources in Malaysia, water supplied for domestic usage is sold at a price lesser than its cost in treatment and delivery.

He said however that the people, especially the lower income family will be suffering if the government has to increase the price of water as the best way to curb water wastage.

“Start practising reduce and reuse water as is not that difficult.

Our little gestures such as turning off the water tap when applying soap, reuse water that we use to wash vegetables to water our plants and reuse the water used for washing the dishes to clean the washroom and etc.

“Allowing unused water to flow unnecessarily is like letting natural resources and money flow down the drain for no apparent reason.

We must not forget that when we turn on our tap, what comes out is not just water but a product which has value,” Dr Cheah added.

Recently, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the cost of water services should be reasonable and linked to the amount used.

Water could not be treated as though it was available in unlimited quantities and supplied at zero or low cost to consumers.

Najib also said subsidies for supplying such resources to homes and industries should be targeted at those who deserved it and not just given across the board.

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