Bailiffs engaged to recover K140m water debts

KAFUBU Water and Sewerage Company (KWSC) has engaged  bailiffs to recover K142.5 million it is owed by clients in unsettled water and sewerage service bills.
KWSC public relations officer Margaret Zulu said in a statement released in Ndola yesterday that the non-payment of water bill by its clients is posing a negative effect on the operations of the water utility company.
“The company is owed K85.5 million by domestic clients, K33.3 million by public institutions and K23.3 million by commercial properties,” Ms Zulu said.
She said the company has come up with various means of communication to recover the money in the past and also introduced a spread payment system to enable its clients to settle the arrears.
Ms Zulu, however, said the response has been poor and this has prompted the water utility firm to engage court bailiffs to recover the arrears.
“Therefore, the company is appealing to all defaulting clients to settle outstanding debts before legal action commences,” she said.
Ms Zulu added that KWSC will embark on a pilot project of installing prepaid water meters for public institutions as this helps companies manage water bills.
“The project will be extended to other clients in phases next year,” Ms Zulu said.

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