Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa, CEO of Penang Water Supply Corporation, speaks to the press at the SPICE Convention Center in Bayan Lepas on September 8, 2020 – Photo by Sayuti Zainudin

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GEORGE TOWN, May 24 – The Penang water supply operator has proposed a revised water tariff and a public consultation exercise on the proposal is now on Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) website.

The public consultation exercise, led by the National Water Services Commission (SPAN), lasts today until June 6.

Additional documents on the proposed tariff revision, which was made in 2019, are also available for consultation at SPANs website.

According to the PBAPP, SPAN is also conducting a public consultation for the revision of water tariffs in other states such as Kedah, Perak, Melaka, Negri Sembilan and Johor.

SPAN had also conducted similar exercises involving tariff revisions for Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Selangor and FT Labuan in 2019 and 2020.

PBAPP CEO Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa said one of the reasons for the tariff revision was the projection of increased demand for water.

“The average water consumption of Penang was 845 million liters per day (MLD) in 2020 and the water demand is expected to reach 1,696 MLD in 2040 and 1,884 MLD in 2050,” he said.

He said Penang has also become too dependent on Sungai Muda as a raw water resource where 80% of the raw water is taken from the river.

“PBAPP is to tap a second large raw water resource for Penang around 2050, like Sungai Perak,” he said.

He said PBAPP needed sufficient funds to build the proposed Sungai Kerian water treatment plant to treat Sungai Perak raw water before the Sungai Perak raw water transfer program was implemented. put online.

He said climate change and unusually low rainfall in watersheds have exacerbated Penang’s raw water risks, so Penang must implement its 2050 emergency plans for the Water Supply Initiative. of Penang to mitigate the risks of raw water.

Finally, he said that Penang’s current domestic water tariff, at 32 sen per 1,000 liters for the first 35,000 liters per month, is the lowest in the country.

“These existing low tariffs prevent PBAPP from raising sufficient funds for its proposed investment,” he said.

He said that Penang’s per capita domestic consumption was 299 liters per capita per day (LCD) compared to the national average of 240 LCD.

He attributed this higher consumption to its low tariffs and believes that revising domestic tariffs will encourage more consumers to save water and reduce their consumption.

“PBAPP calls for a review of water tariffs in Penang to effectively address the current risks of raw water in Penang and ensure the security of water supply now and in the future,” he said. he declares.

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