The new rates for water tariff in all states may be announced at the latest by the end of the year.
However, Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Xavier Jayakumar said that before his ministry makes any announcement, the matter will be brought to the cabinet for discussion.
“I will only announce the tariff increase in each state after the cabinet ministers have agreed with the new rates.
"Maybe by the end of the year, but I cannot promise anything,” he told reporters after flagging off the 2019 Peace Run in Morib today.
Also present were Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) secretary-general Lok Chee Khong and Morib assemblyperson Hasnul Baharuddin.
About 1,500 participants joined the run which was held outside of Klang for the first time since it was organised by SGM in 2005.
When asked on the percentage of water rate increase which consumers can expect, Xavier said his ministry will ensure the tariff raise will not burden the people.
"We understand the people's situation, but the people should understand that the water industry has not changed its rate for a long time and it needs larger operation capital now,” he said.