Copper attracts water meter thieves


SalngorShah Alam, Malaysia — (METERING.COM) — July 3, 2006 – Selangor Infrastructure and Public Utility Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Fatah Iskandar has ended speculation that the increase in water meter theft was as a result of a change in management in the state’s water supply.

The increasing theft of water meters is now attributed to the high price of copper used in the meters’ casings. Abdul Fatah has emphasized that meters were also stolen during the period when water supply was managed by Perbadanan Urus Air Selangor Bhd (PUAS), although the losses were less.

“The price of copper then was not as high as now,” he explained to the State Assembly on Monday in reply to Ng Suee Lim (DAP-Sekinchan), who requested an explanation on the rise in theft of the meters after the takeover of the state’s water supply by Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas).

He said that the water meters that were stolen were of the smaller type and made from copper, as they could be sold at a high price to scrap metal dealers.

Abdul Fatah also highlighted that Syabas was able to reduce the non-revenued water from 42 percent to 36 percent last year through various measures, including stricter enforcement against water theft, the replacement of old pipes with new ones and the setting up of a customer service center.