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Selangor Gov’t Considering Water Rebates, But Will Focus On Preventing Future Disruptions First

Selangor Gov’t Considering Water Rebates, But Will Focus On Preventing Future Disruptions First

The Selangor Menteri Besar wants long term solutions to the state’s water woes.

Hakim Hassan

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After a series of water disruptions in Selangor, the state government will consider giving out rebates but wants to focus their attention on pollution issues first, according to reports.

We are discussing the matter (of giving rebates) and that would be decided later. It is better to spend more to prevent the recurrence of water pollution than leaving the matter to fate, and giving rebates whenever pollution occurs.

Selangor Chief Minister Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari via NST

Selangor Chief Minister Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said RM4 million will be needed if a RM2 rebate was given to each affected consumer but the state would rather use that amount for beefing up security instead.

The amount (RM4 million) should be used to add more officers who can detect pollution at the early stage or before it enters the treatment plants. Therefore, we (the state government) are trying our best to prevent the recurrence of water pollution.

Selangor Chief Minister Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari NST

He said, the state government has managed to prevent disruptions from April to September with 24-hour monitoring.

But lately it has happened too often. Hence, we will add more officers and beef up monitoring.

Selangor Chief Minister Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari via NST

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It’s also reported by Malay Mail that Selangor’s water woes might end by end 2021, but will require millions of ringgit.

Among them, Amirudin said, is looking at implementing a system that can immediately block the passage of polluted water from the river from going into the water treatment plant.

He added that the long-term plan, estimated to take about a year, is to increase the quality of management and treatment of water.

On 19 October, work was halted at Sungai Selangor Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3 and Rantau Panjang Water Treatment Plants after 4 plants due to a supply disruption.

Around 1,196,457 accounts spread across 1,292 areas in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling, Klang/Shah Alam, Kuala Selangor, Hulu Selangor, Gombak and Kuala Langat were affected by the water cut.


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