Review new water tariff, urges Gerakan

ALOR SETAR: Kedah Gerakan Youth has urged the state government to review the new water tariff which took effect on Oct 1.

Its chief Tan Keng Liang said they had received several complaints about the new water tariff from domestic users based on their November bill.

“This increase is mostly felt by the low-income group since the minimum water rate for eight cubic metres had been increased to RM6 from RM3.

“We feel that the new tariff is burdening the people and we hope that the state government will consider reviewing it,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Tan said that based on their study, the water tariff for usage between 40 and 60 cubic metres increased between 36% and 40% per month.

He added that for the usage of 80 cubic metres of water, consumers had to pay RM82 compared to only RM62 for the same amount of usage previously.

“The state had said that the increase was between 27% and 44% but our study revealed that the increase was closer to 25% and 100%.”

Tan hoped that the state government would explain further to the people about the water tariff increase.

It was recently reported that Kedah was imposing an increase of between 10sen to RM1.20 per 1,000 litres or an average increase of 27% for domestic, commercial and industrial usage.

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