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New water tariffs for S'gor, KL and Putrajaya on cards

The management of Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) will submit its three-year business plan which is expected to include new water tariffs in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, to the National Water Services Commission (Span) next month.

Air Selangor chief executive officer Suhaimi Kamaralzaman said the business plan took into consideration the operational costs as well as water management capital costs in the three areas.

"However, any review of the proposed water tariffs is subject to Span's agreement," he told reporters in Putrajaya today.

He was speaking after attending a ceremony to hand over water assets to Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) for a project to replace seabed water pipes to Pulau Ketam by the secretary-general of the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry, Loo Took Gee.

In October last year, Air Selangor took over from Syabas and Puncak Niaga Sdn Bhd as the provider of water supply services to consumers in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

Seabed pipes

Suhaimi said the cost of maintaining the new seabed water pipes to Pulau Ketam was among the factors being studied under the Air Selangor business plan next month.

In her speech, Loo said since the pipes to Pulau Ketam were installed between 1992 to 2013, there had been six serious incidents of broken pipes and disruption of treated water supply to the residents.

"To overcome the problem of broken pipes, the federal government has allocated RM38 million to replace existing water pipes so as to ensure the comfort of the people of Pulau Ketam as well as to save on long-term maintenance costs.

"The consultant and contractor were appointed through open tender. The project began in September 2013 and has been in operation since May 17, 2015," she said.

Loo added that the project is from the Pulau Indah Highway to Pulau Kelang, covering a distance of 5.8km with 3.8km of 450mm-sized pipes on land and almost 2km of 406mm-sized soft steel pipes (according to the standards of the American Petroleum Industry) underwater.

She said since the new pipes were operational last year, more than 6,000 consumers on Pulau Ketam enjoyed uninterrupted continuous and quality water supply.

- Bernama