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NWC moves against water theft

Friday, May 17, 2013 | 2:32 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica - Intensified efforts by the National Water Commission (NWC) to stem water theft has led to the conviction of two people, the arrest of three and summonses being served to 37 others between March and April.

Illegal connections rob the NWC of potential revenue and affects the supply of legitimate customers, the agency said in a release today.

The convictions came in St Catherine while the arrests and summonses were issued between Kingston and Portmore in St Catherine.

“Illegal connections and theft of the Commission’s infrastructure represent major challenges for the company’s revenue as well as implications on the capacity to operate efficiently and profitably due to damaged or lost resources,” says Michael Dunn, NWC’s Vice President of Customer Service Delivery.

The NWC says it is now targeting those with accounts outstanding for more than 30 days and with illegal connections.

However, softer measures, such as individual disconnections, community meetings and offers of payment arrangements, are also being used to ensure debt collection

People are being asked to report suspected illegal connections to any NWC office or to call its toll-free number 1888 2255 692.

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