Higher water bills in the pipeline for Sarawakians

By S. Harrish

SARAWAKIANS may have to pay more for water after the state elections as the Kuching Water Board seeks to review the tariffs in proposed amendments to the water supply Bill.

According to a Borneo Post report, KWB general manager Rodziah Mohamad said the proposed amendments to the Water Ordinance would include a review of tariffs as the last review was done in 2006.

The amendments are expected to be tabled in the state assembly after the state elections are held, expected later this year.

Rodziah said consumers in Sarawak could expect to fork out more for their water bills once the amendments were passed.

She, however, could not provide a percentage given that she was not part of the committee drafting the amendments.

Meanwhile, Utilities Minister Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom said the Sarawak government also plans corporatisation of water supply in the state.

He said the amendments will allow the creation of a single water supply authority to manage the state’s water supply system.

Asked if the amendments could lead to the privatisation of water supply in the state, he said: “Not actually but along the line. We will be able to corporatise water supply.

“It can be done through privatisation or the government can also do it, similar to what Sarawak Energy Bhd is doing,” he said.