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52 people prosecuted for water theft

Thursday, November 15, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The National Water Commission (NWC) today reported that 52 people across the island have been prosecuted for illegal water connections.

The water company said that it has been continuously plagued with the issue of illegal connections across numerous communities islandwide.

The situation, it said, has had the effect of increasing the volume of non-revenue water losses recorded by the company as well as affecting the water supply to paying customers.

NWC disclosed that in the month of October, six people with outstanding balances totalling $486,089.09 were prosecuted for illegal connections across several eastern parishes.

Another 26 individuals were brought before the courts as the NWC commenced civil action to recover outstanding balances amounting to $10.6 million.

The company reported that over the period July–September this year an additional 20 cases were successfully prosecuted, resulting in an increase in revenues of $887,054.51.

In acknowledging that there are significant numbers of illegal activities involving the use of water supply, the NWC noted that it is prepared to use the full extent of its legal powers to prosecute the culprits and to collect the monies owed to the organisation.

In the meantime, the NWC is warning individuals that where illegal and bypass connections are discovered on premises, that they will be liable in incur back charges and or face prosecution and arrests.

It advised that it is also within the remit of the company to seize property owned by individuals who have failed to honour the bills owed to it.

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