Water Price Increase

IF WATER WAS SUCH A CRITICAL ASSET THAT WARRANTS PRICE INCREASE, WHY GOVT NEVER SEEM CONCERNED BEFORE?

So, after nine days and numerous statements to defend the price increase – why is there is still no disclosure as to the costs, revenues and profits in the past, and projections for the future? As to “The consumer must feel the price of water, realise how valuable water is in Singapore, every time he or she turns on the tap, right from the first drop,” he said. after hearing the strong reactions to the impending hike, announced during the Budget last week.

“I can understand the angst of our people with the water price increase,” he said. But water, he said, is an existential issue, crucial to the country’s survival” – If water is so “crucial to the country’s survival” – why hasn’t there been any nation-wide campaigns or efforts to get people to conserve and use less water in recent years?

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WATER PRICES IN SG COST 10 TIMES MORE THAN IN HK!

I refer to the articles “Price of water will go up to ensure sustainable supply” and “Water users worried but see need to curb wastage” (Straits Times, Feb 8). According to the table in the latter article – the cost of 15 cubic m of water a month (S$) is $17.55 in Singapore, compared to $2.28 and $3.43 in Hong Kong and Taiwan’s, respectively. However, since the figures exclude “variable taxes like GST, water conservation and maintenance taxes” – does it mean that the cost in Singapore after including the 30 per cent water conservation tax and seven per cent GST is about $24.04 ($17.55 x 137%)? If so, the cost in Singapore is about 10 times ($24.04 divided by $2.28) Hong Kong’s and seven times ($24.04 divided by $3.43) Taiwan’s.

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