Datuk Seri Stephen Rundi Utom

KUCHING: All water consumers in Sarawak are eligible for water bill discounts from April 1 to September 30 to reduce the people’s financial burden amid the Covid-19 pandemic, said Minister of Utilities Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom.

The bill discounts are on top of the RM5 free water from January 1 under the Sarawakku Sayang Special Aid Package (BKSS).

Following the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, the Sarawak government initiated sixteen proactive measures under BKSS to further reduce the financial burden of the rakyat, one of which is to provide water bill discounts over a period of six months, effective April 1, 2020 until Sept 30, 2020.

“Under this initiative, households with domestic accounts enjoy 25 percent discount, domestic/ commercial and commercial consumers enjoy 15 percent discount while industrial consumers enjoy 10 percent discount,” Dr Rundi elaborated in a statement yesterday.

He said the free water initiative would cost the Sarawak government about RM40 million per year.

The water bill discounts given by Sarawak Government was expected to cost about RM25.26 million and woulld benefit about 570,000 consumers throughout the state.

The discounts were part of the BKSS package announced by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg in March to help Sarawakians weather the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.