GEORGE TOWN, March 22 – The Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) will submit its water tariff review proposal along with a three-year business plan to the National Water Services Commission (SPAN) by the end of March.
PBAPP Managing Director Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa said PBAPP is required to submit the business plan for 2023 to 2025 to SPAN for approval.
“In the business plan, there is our request for the revision of water tariffs, but everything in it is confidential until it is approved,” he told reporters during a briefing. Negalitres for Schools program here.
He said SPAN will have to review the plan before it is reviewed by the Ministry of Environment and Water (Kasa) before it is submitted to Cabinet for final approval.
“We are not the only ones submitting it, all states are also submitting their respective business plans to renew their water authority license,” he said.
He said SPAN would typically take around three months to process the business plan and submit it for final approval.
Last week, Jaseni reportedly said that the PBAPP will have to review the state water tariff to raise funds for the implementation of the Raw Water Emergency Plan 2030 projects.
The last time Penang conducted a water tariff review was in 2015 and it also requested a water tariff review in 2019.
Kasa issued statements in 2020 and 2021 that all water tariff reviews must be postponed due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Malaysian economy.
Jaseni said Penang has the highest water consumption in the country and in 2021 Penang recorded a usage of 305 liters per capita per day (LCD).
“This is the first time that Penang has crossed the 300 LCD mark since PBAPP started publishing this statistic in 1999,” he said.
He said Penang also has the lowest domestic water tariff in the country, which has a direct link to the high consumption in the state.
“The higher the water tariffs, the lower the domestic consumption,” he said.
He said that was why it was necessary to increase the value of water, not only in monetary terms, but also to make consumers appreciate the importance of saving water.
Besides revising the water tariff, he said that there is another way to reduce water consumption, which is to make the installation of water-saving devices (WSDs) compulsory in new buildings. development projects from 2018.
“Now with the launch of this program for schools, any new school must also install water saving devices,” he said.
He said WSDs automatically reduce water usage by 14% to 87%.