NUSAJAYA - Johor has no plans to provide free water to consumers. However, it will continue offering water rebate for the hardcore and poor families instead.
The water rebate scheme was started in November 2010, said state public works, rural and regional development exco Datuk Hasni Mohammad.
"So far, 825 water account holders from the hardcore and poor families statewide have benefited from the scheme," he said.
Hasni was responding to a question from Mohammad Taslim (PAS-Maharani) who wanted to know whether the state government had plans to provide free water.
He also said that the state government had also wanted to extend the scheme to other underprivileged public, adding that it would get data from the Welfare Department and the Islamic Religious Department.
For the hardcore poor to be eligible for the scheme, their monthly water usage should not exceed 20 cubic metre, while for the poor at 10 cubic metre, he said when responding to a question from A. Aziz Ismail (BN-Senggarang).
Aziz wanted to know whether small families and senior citizens who are not from the hardcore and poor families who consumed less water monthly would also benefit from the scheme.
Hasni said instead of providing free water to consumers, the state government would focus on educating them to use water wisely and treat it as a precious commodity.