Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Federal government to assist state governments in NRW reduction efforts

PEKAN: The federal government would assist the state goverments and state water management operators in their efforts to reduce non revenue water (NRW).

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Panlima Dr Maximus Ongkili described the assistance, through a grant or loan in the 11th Malaysia Plan next year, as the transformation for the future.

"Reducing NRW is the operator or state's government responsibility except for states that have migrated to National Water Service Industry Restructuring Scheme, managed and funded by Pengurusan Aset Air Berhad (PAAB).

"Normally the state governments or their operators that have not yet migrated, such as Pengurusan Air Pahang Berhad, have to bear a major portion of the costs.

"They don't have sufficient means and as a matter of policy the Federal government has to assist" he said after launching the YaHijau at Pekan Carnival at Dataran Pekan here yesterday.

Ongkili said the assistance was also in line with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's aspiration to see the realisation of the National NRW Blueprint which is in the process of being implemented.

However, he did not elaborate on the sum to be allocated, saying that it depended on the Budget 2016 which would be tabled by Najib wo is also Finance Minister, on October 23.

He cited state that have not migrated to the scheme as Kedah, Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu.

Ongkili said the government was targeting to reduce NRW by 44 per cent by 2017 as compared to 52.6 per cent currently.

"Two NRW projects, in Kuantan and Kuala Lipis, are scheduled to be completed by 2017; similar projects will follow suit in other districts including Pekan" he said.

Source - BERNAMA