Selangor government to meet ministry over Water Act

Selangor government to meet ministry over Water Act
A coffee shop employee in Subang Jaya storing water in containers.

SHAH ALAM - The Selangor government and Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry will meet tomorrow to pursue the invocation of Section 114 of the Water Services Industry Act 2006 (Wasia) to restructure Selangor's water industry.

Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said the meeting was scheduled because the state had agreed on the date to finalise the invocation of the Act.

"The meeting is to discuss how the Act can be implemented and to determine the procurement of assets first by the Federal Government and then the state government," Khalid told a press conference after chairing the weekly exco meeting yesterday.

According to him, once finalised, the state's four concessionaires must abide by the decision but the companies could protest against anything that they disagreed with.

"They can protest but it will still be carried out as it will become part of the law," he said.

The exco in charge of infrastructure and public amenities Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi, who was also at the press conference, said the water situation in Selangor showed improvement with levels in the state's dams increa­sing.

He said six out of the seven dams in the state had recorded an increase in water levels the past week.

Dr Ahmad Yunus said levels in the Sungai Selangor dam stood at 41.52 per cent with an increase of 0.46 per cent since May 8.

He also said water taken from mining pools was safe and the state government would initiate efforts to change the people's perspective regarding the matter.

"We will continue to furnish the public with the necessary information to change their current perception," he said.

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