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Monday, 17 July 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

So much water but there’s still shortage in supply

IT is ironic that Malaysia, which is blessed with 2,500mm of rainfall annually, should experience water shortages on a regular basis.

Disruptions in water supply are becoming all too common especially in Selangor, Kedah, Penang, Pahang, Johor and Kelantan, causing stress and major inconvenience to consumers particularly if the cut is unscheduled.

What is the way forward? Clearly, the responsibility of ensuring a reliable supply of safe and affordable water rests on both the federal and state governments and the related agencies.

More importantly, water issues should not be politicised.

Forum Air Malaysia strongly proposes that federal and state agencies put their differences aside to focus on fulfilling this responsibility. There should also be greater inter-agency co-operation and collaboration to stop water pollution and reduce non revenue water.

SPAN should focus on regulating the water services industry to comply with established standards and practices.

On the demand side, more awareness and education programmes need to be undertaken to promote better water consumption and conservation by consumers.

Better awareness and education should promote more responsible water consumption.

DATUK PAUL SELVA RAJ

President

Forum Air Malaysia