For decades, villagers in Baling, Kedah, have struggled to deal with the lack of consistent water supply as daily disruptions force them to turn to alternative means of ensuring enough water for themselves and their families.
They have had to resort to creating their own pipeline in addition to depending on the river for the water they need each day.
There may be no quick fix to the seemingly never-ending disruptions to water supply plaguing the state.
Environment and Water Minister Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man says the reward is in line with the government's commitment to Budget 2021.
Decade-long investigations not stopping heartless polluters from sullying local rivers with illegal waste.
They include a company director and his father.