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Watergate: MIW caught with pants down

In Economy, Environment on 02/03/2017 at 4:46 am

PAPpies and their running dogs in the constructive, nation-building media and academia and on social media say that the price of water hasn’t been changed for years, so we shouldn’t be getting worked up about the 30% hike (peanuts, really).

But 18 months ago, VivianB said (see below) there was no need to change the price because PUB has improvements in membrane tech and productivity and that the water tariff and WCT reflect the scarcity of water.

So what has changed in 18 months?

Either in 2015 (before GE) the PAP administration didn’t do their homework leading a minster to mislead S’poreans and parly, or in 2017 the cabinet didn’t read what the then minister said in 2015 when making the decision to raise prices.

But then maybe before GE 2015, PAP wanted to get rid of its “Pay and Pay” tag?

Kudos to whoever originally dug this up. I think it is Chen Jiaxi Bernard, a WP man. Well done.

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  1. http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2017/03/01/false-justifications-for-water-price-increase/

    Coz PUB’s cashflows not good in last few years. Whether the losses are due to increased staff salaries/bonus or due to extra expenditure on water equipment — dunno. Need more detailed accounting. But glancing at the 2016 annual report snippet in the above URL, there isn’t much increase in property/plant/equipment from Mar 2015 to Mar 2016.

    There’s another measure not provided: cost of producing per litre potable water per capita of S’pore population. If there is +ve productivity this figure should be going down over the years. If not it means unproductivity and/or using uneconomical methods to produce the potable water.

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