The shortage of treated water supply in Selangor is due to the failure to overcome the leakage of about 30 per cent of the 4,635 million litre of water supply released daily, said Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.
The allocation of RM120 million recently announced by the federal government is meant for the upgrading works on several water plants and existing pump houses in Selangor and not for Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) bailout, according to National Water Service Commission (SPAN).
Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said the restructuring of the Selangor water services industry is crucial in ensuring that the people of Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya get efficient, effective, and sustainable water services at reasonable rates.
While Selangor, the country's premier industrialised state, continues to attract both foreign and domestic investments, imminent water shortages may undo its pace of development in the future, according to analysts.
Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui has described the accusation by DAP National Publicity Secretary Tony Pua that the federal government had bailed out Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) to the tune of RM3.41 billion as nonsense.
The Selangor government has instructed its lawyer to file a notice of appeal against the Shah Alam High Court's decision in dismissing its application to strike out a suit by 711 consumers over the state government's free water scheme.
Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) today gave the assurance that the water provided to consumers using lorry tankers and static tanks during the supply disruption in the city recently, was safe and the quality guaranteed.