In a special sitting in January 2005, Parliament approved the amendments to the Ninth Schdule of the Federal Constitution to transfer matters related to WATER SUPPLIES AND SERVICES from the State List to the Concurrent List (except for Sabah and Sarawak). The amendments were gazetted on 10th February 2005 and the enforcement date was 21st March 2005. With the amendments, the Federal Govenrment will regulate the water services industry in terms of licensing and regulating water services operators. The State Govenrment also retains the power to declare and regulate water resources, water catchment areas and river basins.
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