A pig farm in Batu Laut, Kuala Lumpur, was caught stealing treated water following a surprise raid by the National Water Services Commission (SPAN) and Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas).
SPAN and Syabas personnel discovered that the pig farmer was stealing treated water by using a 20mm underground pipe from the main source located at a ditch opposite his farm.
SPAN corporate communications unit senior executive Lot Pit Mui said SPAN would take legal action under Section 123 (1) of the Water Services Industry Act 2006 (Act 655) with fines not exceeding RM100,000 or jail not exceeding a year, or both.
Syabas Projects and NRW executive director Yusof Badawi said their personnel noticed that the farmer’s water usage had gone down about a year ago.
“We brought it to the attention of SPAN and an investigation revealed water was being tapped illegally from our main pipes.
“We got a court order to enter the pig farm and cut off water supply immediately to the premises.
“We estimate the owner had stolen about 33,300 cubic metres of water estimated at RM77,000 over the period.
“Syabas will demand the owner pay the arrears or be charged under Section 123 (1) for stealing treated water.”
Yusof said the water inside the pipe was found to contain chlorine.
“This confirms that it was treated water.
“There are many similar cases and the number is growing steadily especially in factories, farms and commercial areas.
“Those who steal water will have to face the consequences,” he added.
From Jan 1 to Feb 25 this year, Syabas recorded 642 complaints of water theft or illegal extensions and acted on 148 cases.
An estimated 1.7 million cubic metres was stolen, worth about RM3.9mil.
Last year, Syabas recorded a total 4,551 complaints and acted on 512 cases.
Water stolen was estimated at 6.5 million cubic metres worth RM14mil.
To report the theft of water, call the SPAN enforcement division at 03-83179 333 or email email@example.com