By Chimwemwe Mangazi:
The Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) has recovered K74.5 million in fines charged to unscrupulous customers who had illegally connected water in the past seven months.
LWB Public Relations Officer, Maurice Nkawihe, said the board raised the money from 110 cases that were tried and completed between July 2018 and January 19 2019.
Nkawihe bemoaned the growing tendency of meter by-passing and illegal connections, saying LWB is losing over 25,000 cubic meters per month or one percent of its monthly production to the vice.
“We have been affected by the rise of such malpractices. Our revenue collection is affected but also renovation plans are affected because we use the same money for buying and replacing burst pipes. For us to efficiently supply water, we need all the money we can get from the supply realised.
“We appeal to all our customers and well-wishers to report any cases of illegal connections to us and we will reward them for that support. Let us hold hands and ensure that we bring the perpetrators to book and enhance smooth supply of water in Lilongwe,” Nkawihe said.Advertisement
This comes at a time the board is failing to meet the demand of 130,000 cubic meters a day, producing between 90,000 to 100,000 cubic meters a day.