PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - After being hit by a rationing exercise earlier this year, Klang Valley residents are now using less water.
Figures from Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) show that the average daily consumption of water in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya from January to September this year was 4,563 million litres per day (mld).
The figure is lower than the 4,601 mld average water consumption recorded for the whole of last year.
"The figures show what appears to be a trend of consumers using less water and it could be because they are starting to realise the importance of saving water following the rationing exercise," said a Selangor official.
The official said the current trend of less water usage was expected to continue until the end of the year.
"The period towards the end of the year usually does not see any increase in demand for water because many people will be away on holiday," said the official.
According to the National Water Services Commission data, the average Malaysian used 201 litres of water per day in 2009, 209 in 2010, 210 in 2011 and 212 in 2012.
The figures are among the highest in the region, with Singapore's per capita consumption was reportedly only 151 litres per day.