Continuous checks to address non-revenue water issue in Negeri Sembilan

Nur Aqidah Azizi

SEREMBAN: A total of 21 raids had been conducted by Syarikat Air Negeri Sembilan (SAINS) and the National Water Services Commission Malaysia (SPAN) this year, involving a total loss of RM287,000. SAINS head of public relations division, Norzita Ismail, said of the total, 20 commercial premises and one domestic premise were raid from Jan to July, this year. “However, no cases had been brought to court so far this year,” he said when contacted here, today. She said in the latest operation, two premises in Pajam and Seremban were raided by SAINS and SPAN last Tuesday, for allegedly stealing water supply by making illegal pipe connections. The first raid was conducted by a team of SPAN officers and members from SAINS Enforcement Unit at 10.30am at a two-storey shoplots construction site in Pajam, headed by SPAN officer Mohd Shariff Abd Rahman. Norzita said during the raid, enforcement officers had found that the construction contractor had made an illegal water connection using a 20mm Unplasticised Polyvinyl Chloride (UPVC) pipe. “Based on our observation, the construction project is estimated to have completed almost 70 percent of the work. Checks conducted also found that the occupants of the premises have never had any registered accounts with SAINS. “Site investigation revealed that the illegal connection was made directly without any meter passing through two water connections, used for cementing and for the use of construction workers living in the premises,” he said. The second raid was carried out on a second-hand car shop located in Seremban town. “The water supply obtained through unauthorised connections is used for the daily use of the premises, as well as the use of the toilets and day-to-day cleaning of the vehicles to be sold at the premises,” said Norzita. “The chlorine test conducted at the site had also proved that the water supply was sourced from SAINS’s treated water,” he said. “SPAN had seized pipes and meters used as evidence and issued notice of offense to the occupants of the premises. These two cases were investigated under Section 123 of the National Water Services Industry Act 2006 which provided a fine of RM100,000 or imprisonment not more than one year or both,” he said. He said SAINS would enhance monitoring and enforcement actions to curb water thefts across the state for cases involving both the commercial or domestic consumers. “This stern action is one of the measures to reduce water loss or Non Revenue Water (NRW). “We also welcome cooperation from the public to channel information or to report any cases of water theft by calling SAINS toll-free 1-800-88-6982. The identity of the informant will be kept confidential,” he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd