Govt departments owe NWWSC over K7m

water shortage

NORTH Western Water and Sewerage Company (NWWSC) is owed a staggering K7,312,623 by Government institutions, which translates to 45 per cent of the annual billing by the utility company.
Provincial Permanent Secretary Augustine Seyuba who disclosed this during a stakeholders’ consultative meeting in Solwezi challenged NWWSC managing director Arnott Chilwesa to be equal to the task in coming up with innovative ways on how to collect the debt.
He said it was unfortunate that the amount owed had been outstanding for a long time as the trend poses operational challenges regarding maintenance of plant and equipment and leads to failure to attend to leakages and replacement of burst water pipes.
Mr Seyuba said failure to collect the debt also results in putting a strain on the resources which also affects the meeting of statutory obligations to the Zambia Revenue Authority and National Pensions Scheme Authority.
He said matters of sanitation and water supply were critical to Government’s programme of providing quality service and emphasised that Government would ensure provision of adequate water and sanitation to the people.
“Adequate water and sanitation should not be a privilege for a few, but it must be a right for all,” Mr Seyuba said at the meeting called to consider proposals for the adjustment of water tariffs.- Story courtesy of SUMA SYSTEMS.