It IS unclear whether there has been a change in water usage since the state’s free water programme ceased.
Based on average daily usage from January to May, there was no clear indication whether there has been an increase or decrease, public amenities, agriculture modernisation and agro-based industry committee chairman Izham Hashim said in reply to a question from R. Rajiv (DAP-Bukit Gasing).
Rajiv had asked about the impact of stopping the state’s free water programme on 1.6 million Air Selangor account holders.
“Since the free water programme ceased, has the average daily water usage for domestic users reduced?
“How many Skim Air Darul Ehsan (SADE) applications have been received and approved so far?” he asked.
SADE is a free water reapportion programme for target groups in the state, with a monthly household income of RM4,000 and below.
Following the implementation of SADE, the free water programme introduced in 2008 ended.
Izham said in March, the average use by domestic users showed an increase, possibly due to the movement control order (MCO) and conditional MCO from March 18 to May 31.
This, he said was attributed to the fact that people were at home most of the time.
“In the state government’s opinion, SADE is not a factor that can show a decrease in domestic water usage.
“The main factor lies in the user’s awareness on the importance of prudent water consumption because every drop of water used will be evaluated through the tariff rate to be paid by the consumers themselves, ” he said.
He added that a total of 250,000 account holders in Selangor qualified to receive 20 cubic metres of free water under SADE.
This figure included bulk meter users in low-cost apartments which will continue to get free water under SADE automatically.
“There have been 226,969 applications submitted until Dec 31,2019 and of that number, 15,625 cannot be processed due to several reasons such as the applicant’s MyKad number, water meter number or phone number has been used by another applicant or the application was incomplete.
“Cross-checks were conducted on 211,344 applicants using data from Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) to ensure that applicants have a monthly household income of RM4,000 and below.
“As a result, 199,254 were eligible and 12,090 did not fulfil the income requirement, ” he said.
According to the Sistem Smart lnisiatif Peduli Rakyat website (www.ssipr.selangor.gov.my), SADE is currently open for new applications and appeals until June 2021.