Air Selangor Urges Eligible Households To Apply For Targeted Free Water Supply Scheme, SADE
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Air Selangor has encouraged eligible individuals to apply for its targeted free water supply scheme, Skim Air Darul Ehsan (SADE), which allows households to enjoy 20m3 of free water. It hopes to benefit more individuals who qualify for the assistance, especially following a recent update to the income requirement of the programme, which was raised from RM4,000 to RM5,000.

On its website, Air Selangor explained that all applicants must be Malaysian citizens who reside in Selangor, and have a monthly household income of RM5,000 and below (inclusive of income of foreign national spouses for those who are married). Additionally, it is only valid for residential premises with individual meters, and each applicant can only apply for one account or premise only.

Air Selangor also clarified that tenants who are renting houses are eligible to apply as well if they meet the set requirements, whereas those who are already subscribed and are planning move to a new house can reapply for their new premises. However, they must make sure to first terminate the assistance for their first premise before reapplying.

Meanwhile, residents of low-cost apartments who are billed through a bulk meter account will continue to receive a free supply of 20m3 under SADE until 31 December 2024. This is awarded based on the existing free water rebate methods agreed upon by the Selangor Housing and Property Board (LPHS) with the joint management body (JMB) or management corporation (MC) of the apartments.

Interested individuals can apply for SADE online through the Sistem Smart Inisiatif Peduli Rakyat (SSIPR) website or Air Selangor’s official website. An application can also be submitted at Air Selangor’s customer service counter.

For context, the Selangor government initially introduced its free water scheme in 2008 as a blanket subsidy for all households. However, this was eventually restructured into a targeted subsidy in 2019/2020, benefitting those with a household income of RM4,000 and below. Following that, the household income requirement was increased to a threshold of RM5,000 and below since December last year. SADE is slated to run until 31 December 2024 for now.

(Sources: Air Selangor, The Vibes)

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