NWC warns it will seize properties to collect monies owed
The National Water Commission (NWC) is warning persons with illegal and bypass connections that they may be back billed, or their properties seized to settle outstanding debts.
The water utility issued the warning on Thursday as it announced that 52 people across the island have been prosecuted for illegal water connections.
Six people with outstanding balances totalling just under $500,000 were prosecuted for illegal connections across several eastern parishes, the NWC said.
It said another 26 individuals were brought before the courts as civil actions were started to recover outstanding balances amounting to $10.6 million.
The NWC said, between July and September, an additional 20 cases were successfully prosecuted, resulting in an increase in revenues of $887,000. It warned that it is prepared to use the full extent of its legal powers to prosecute delinquents and to collect the monies it is owed.
The water utility said that it has been continuously plagued with the issue of illegal connections across numerous communities islandwide. It said the situation 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.