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Wednesday April 2, 2014 MYT 2:28:00 PM
Wednesday April 2, 2014 MYT 2:35:06 PM
by christopher tan
GEORGE TOWN: Penangites can expect to pay more for water within a year as a soft approach to reduce water consumption has failed, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (pic) said.
Lim said the state had accepted a request from the Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) to actively study increasing water tariffs.
"The raise is inevitable. We leave it to the National Water Services Commission (SPAN) to decide.
"We will let you know when the time is up," he told a press conference at his office in Komtar here Wednesday.
"Domestic water tariffs have not been raised since 1991 with Penang having the lowest domestic tariffs in the country," Lim said.
Lim said PBAPP has existing business models and the study would take less than a year to complete.
"The models need to be submitted to the state exco for approval before being submitted to SPAN.
"Our soft approach has failed. Education and imposing penalties for water wastage has failed," he added.
Water consumption in Penang was the highest in the country at 295 litres per capita per day last year.
For the first two months of this year, the figure went up to 311 litres per capita per day, an increase of 5.4%.
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