Most of us don’t know how valuable water is until it hits us! The ongoing water rationing is causing hardship and frustration but it is the only way to cope with the crisis, say experts.
Water and Energy Consumer Association of Malaysia secretary-general Foon Weng Lian said the awareness to conserve water was still low among consumers. “The water rationing is a wake-up call for users to learn how to reduce their consumption and appreciate the true value of a continuous supply of clean and safe water,” he said.
Foon said rationing and water demand management were only short-term measures, adding that long-term planning was vital to prevent such crises from recurring.
In a recent survey the people in Selangor were only using 7% less water even with rationing imposed in the state according to the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry.
Environment and waste management specialist Dr Theng Lee Chong said water rationing needed to be done in a proper manner without upsetting the consumers. “Rationing is needed because when the water level is low and supply to households is not controlled, consumers will use it like usual and will not make an effort to conserve it,” he said.
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