Water thieves!

NWC says people in more than 60 communities in Corporate Area stealing its product

BY KIMONE FRANCIS
Observer staff reporter
francisk@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, May 04, 2019

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MORE than 60 Corporate Area communities have been fingered in the theft of water, even as the National Water Commission (NWC) struggles to provide steady flow to 35,000 paying customers.

The disclosure was made by Corporate Public Relations Manager Charles Buchanan, who also revealed that there has been frequent theft of meters installed by the entity at both private and public places.

“Theft is a big issue in a number of areas including frequent theft of meters which we're trying to fight. What these guys do is that they rip the meters from the axis pipe and leave the pipe gushing in customers' yard. It is sometimes being done at nights; the customer only in the morning becomes aware of it and then calls us. It means then that for several hours that pipe may have been running at full [and a lot of water is] wasted,” he told the Jamaica Observer in an interview this week.

Buchanan said the entity is trying to ascertain the causes behind these thefts, with the assistance of the police, and are hoping for a breakthrough.

“That's one part of the theft; then we have the regular illegal connections to the network. It remains a challenge for us although we are trying to tackle it through an aggressive regularisation programme. So, we have identified the areas in which the greatest level of theft and unauthorised usage is taking place,” he stated.

Buchanan did not identify the communities but said they are well known.

He said, too, that these communities are not only robbing the company but are also delinquents by nature.

“We call them socially challenged areas. We've done a pretty detailed work on the profile of the communities and it's showing where theft occurs and the greatest level of frequency, in terms of theft from the NWC network, is often in communities that are faced with a number of other social challenges,” the NWC manager told the Observer.

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

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

“The company is, therefore, urging persons to avoid the inconvenience and embarrassment of prosecution by paying water bills on time and in full. It is socially unacceptable and unlawful for persons to be trespassing on the works of the NWC and the call is being made for persons to desist from practising these unscrupulous deeds,” said Buchanan.


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