GEORGE TOWN - The proposal by the DAP-led Penang government to once again raise rates on domestic water consumption surcharge on the grounds of water conservation is not fair and will burden users, said the state Umno liaison committee chairman Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman.
He said the hike in the water consumption surcharge rate will be for the second time since it was first introduced in November 2010, and the water-saving campaign by the state government by imposing water conservation surcharge since 2010, This however has failed to reduce water consumption per capita in Penang.
As water consumption per capita is still high and does not show a decrease, the Penang DAP government in September 2013 had raised the surcharge rate by 100 percent, from 24 cents to 48 cents per 1000 litres for usage of more than 35,000 litres per month.
"Now in April 2017, using a similar reason, the state government led by Lim Guan Eng will once again raise the water conservation surcharge, this time more than 100 per cent from 48 cents to 100 cents per 1000 litres for usage exceeding 35,000 litres per month. This is the second time the surcharge will be increased," he said in a statement