Initiating change: The campaign is a collaboration between the Serdang and Balakong assemblymen's office and the Water Association of Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.
A CHANGE in water consumption habits is necessary to avoid another round of water rationing because of shortage in the coming dry season.
“Studies have shown that Malaysians use an average of 250 litres of water per day, as compared to about 110 litres in Singapore. This is a very high figure,” said Balakong assemblyman Eddie Ng at a press conference to launch a water conservation campaign in his area on Saturday.
The campaign, a collaboration between the Serdang and Balakong assemblymen’s office and the Water Association of Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya (SWAn), aims to raise awareness among the public on saving water.
“About 40% of water usage in each household is attributed to activities such as
washing vehicles and flushing the toilet, which does not require clean water,” Ng said, adding that residents should recycle the water for such uses.
The long-term campaign will involve the distribution of leaflets, bunting placed in strategic locations around Balakong and Serdang as well as seminars to engage residents.
“We also plan to discuss with the local councils if it is possible to implement a rainwater catchment system in terrace housing areas,” said Ng.
“We will also work closely with the authorities to crack down on illegal car washes,” said Ng.
“Many Malaysians still take water for granted. It is the responsibility of everyone to use water wisely, not just the government but also the public,” he added.
Meanwhile, Ng said there had been complaints from residents in Balakong on unscheduled water cuts since June 12.
The most affected areas were Sungai Besi Indah, Taman Bukit Belimbing, Taman Juara Jaya and Balakong Jaya with more than 4,000 households.
Ng said he had spoken to Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) and the reason given was there was a sudden surge in demand.
“Now, it is even more important to raise awareness of saving water,” he said.