Assemblyman calls for water tariff review to reduce burden


Johor’s water tariff is higher compared to other states.

JOHOR’s water tariff is among the highest in the country and should be reviewed to reduce the people’s burden.

Bekok assemblyman Tan Chong said at a minimum rate of RM10.50 a month for domestic users, Johor’s tariff was higher than Selangor, Penang and Negri Sembilan.

“The minimum monthly water tariff in Selangor is RM6.50, Penang is RM5.50 while Negri Sembilan’s minimum rate is RM7.10,” Tan said in his speech at the Johor state assembly.

He said Johor’s water rate for the first 20 cubic metres was RM1.05; RM2.35 per cubic metre for usage from 20 cubic metres to 35 cubic metres; followed by RM3.15 per cubic metre for usage exceeding 35 cubic metres.

“This shows that Johor’s rates for treated water is one of the highest in the peninsula, which has contributed to inflation and increases the burden of households.

“The state government should review the rates as we are a state that is rich with raw water resources.

“The Federal Government should also assist states financially to replace old and faulty pipes to avoid waste and losses from non-revenue water,” he said.

It was previously reported that the state’s water tariff adjustment for domestic categories was implemented on Feb 1.

Prior to that, the last time water tariffs were reviewed was in 2015, almost nine years ago.

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