The National Water Commission (NWC) is not being paid for 70 percent of the water it produces and treats.
The NWC calls this non-revenue water (NRW) and says this is caused by a combination of theft, payment delinquency, leakage and other water loss.
The 70 percent NRW figure was given Wednesday, November 28 by the president of the NWC, Mark Barnett as he spoke with a committee of Parliament.
Mr. Barnett said this could not be allowed to continue. He said the high percentage of loss of water treated by the Commission was partly responsible for many paying customers getting intermittent supply.
He said the company’s programme of leak detection and repairs was bringing down the loss. The issue now was how to bring down the losses in other areas outside of leak detection. Mr. Barnett said given the utility is already losing money it was difficult to consider a new set of people to go and collect money from those who are stealing water.
He said the NWC would deal with the losses but the “heavy handed’ approach would not work.
The company has a rate increase application before the Office of Utilities Regulation.
By: Franklin McKnight