No water cuts in Penang till 2030, says CM

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PETALING JAYA: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has promised Penangites and investors they will continue to enjoy a continuous supply of water without any rationing until 2030.

“We are probably the only state in Malaysian history that has not imposed water rationing,” he said in a statement issued today, adding that the state’s water reliability was due to his administration’s three-pronged strategy.

Firstly, Penang has made the top management personally responsible, with a “heads will roll” philosophy, if water rationing is imposed.

Secondly, it has introduced punitive rates on those who waste water and has implemented water conservation programmes.

Thirdly, it has fully gazetted water catchment areas as well as designed water treatment plants and reservoirs to provide a 32% water reserve margin for Penangites.

“This is the reason the Penang state government is able to guarantee 1.6 million Penangites and investors continuous water supply without any water rationing until 2030.”

He said though the state government had been criticised for its stern ruling in making the top management of Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang (PBAPP) personally responsible if water rationing was imposed, the ruling had proven effective.

“This ruling has forced the PBAPP top management to focus on measures to ensure there will be no water rationing, including seeking new alternative water resources.”