Govt. owing Eastern Utility firm KR 3.9 million unpaid water bill
Chipata, February 14, ZANIS…..Eastern Water and Sewerage Company(EWSC) is owed more than KR 3.9 million in unsettled water bills by government institutions in the Province.
And Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Bert Mushala has since urged head of departments the province to settle all their outstanding utility bills with the service providers.
Meanwhile, And EWSC Managing Director Wamwi Changani disclosed that the company requires about KR17 million to redesign it treatment plant.
Mr.Mushala says that government is determined to ensure that the country meets its Millennium Development Goal targets of increasing access to clean water by 2015.
He however, noted that this goal can only be achieved if various stakeholders play a role in supporting efforts made by the utility company to supply clean and safe drinking water.
ZANIS reports that Mr. Mushala was speaking at a media briefing last evening after touring the Lutembwe dam two and the EWSC treatment plant.
He said this is why it is important for government institutions to always settle their bills if the company is to be efficient in its supply.
Mr.Mushala said Eastern Province is growing and poised for investment hence the need to have an improved water service supply to encourage more investors adding that water is life.
He however expressed happiness that the company has the capacity to supply sufficient water despite having many challenges.
And EWSC Managing Director Wamwi Changani disclosed that the company requires about KR17 million to redesign it treatment plant.
Mr. Changani noted that currently the company faces many financial challenges due to nonpayment of water bills by customers and government departments.
He stated that company is owed more than KR6.6 million, adding that this has impacted negatively on the company’s normal operations.
He further pledged his company’s commitment to supply adequate clean and safe water to all parts of the province.
Meanwhile, EWSC Technical Manager Wilson Chifwema assured that despite having population of the province growing at faster rate, the two dams still has enough water to supply.
Mr. Chifwema also bemoaned the increasing illegal fishing activities and encroachments by some settlers who have decided to settle around the dams saying the move will bring challenges to proper management of the dams.