KUALA LUMPUR, April 25 – PBA Holdings Bhd’s (PBAHB) unit Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang (PBAPP), after obtaining consent from the Penang state government, will submit a water tariff review proposal. In a statement here today, PBAHB said its subsidiary will submit the proposal to the National Water Services Commission (SPAN), pursuant to the Water Services Industry Act 2006. PBAPP, the water operator for Penang, operates and maintains the treatment, distribution and supply of treated water in the state. PBAHB said it is not sustainable for Penangites to use 311 litres per capita per day (l/c/d), or 50 per cent above the national average of 212 l/c/d, and the tariff review is to educate Penang domestic consumers to reduce their water consumption.
In the proposal, the minimum charge will rise to RM3.00 from the current RM2.50 for domestic consumers, and to RM12.00 from RM10.00 for trade consumers. The tariff review, it said, will not affect the first band of consumption of 0-20 cubic m. (m3) a month at 22 sen/m3, so as to reward those who save water and to not penalise conscientious water users. PBAPP said that even with the new rates, Penang will still enjoy the lowest domestic water tariffs in Malaysia and its trade tariffs will still be below the national average. The last revision to the water tariff structure was in 1993/2001 for domestic rates and 2010 for trade rates, the statement said. PBAHB said the water tariff review proposal is subject to approval by SPAN, adding it will announce the effective date of the new rates upon obtaining the approval.