SPAN: Penang yet to justify proposed water price hike

GEORGE TOWN, 21 July 2017:

The National Water Services Commission (SPAN) has received an application from the Penang state government to raise the water conservation surcharge for domestic consumption in the state, but has yet to make a decision on  it.

SPAN chairman Datuk Liang Teck Meng said the decision has yet to be finalised as SPAN believes that if the state government aspired to raise the water conservation surcharge, it is more appropriate to simultaneously raise tariff rates.

In this regard, if the state government also intends to increase water tariffs, they are asked to present it together with the proposal to raise the water conservation surcharge.

“The state government should clarify the rationale of the tariff hike and SPAN will hold a public consultation to get feedback.”

He said that after all the processes are completed, then it would be taken to the Cabinet for further action.

– Bernama

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