National Water Commission plans drastic revenue recovery moves
Drastic measures are in the pipelines at the National Water Commission (NWC), as the company tries to recover over twenty billion in revenue owed to it by customers.
NWC's Acting President Mark Barnett says the measures include debt forgiveness, court action and social engineering.
Barnett says that beginning July one customers can take advantage of up to 60 per cent debt forgiveness on bills that are outstanding for over 180 days.
The programme dubbed Cruncher 180 is aimed at immediately getting customers to pay their bills while benefitting from a sliding scale of debt forgiveness.
Barnett says the NWC will be coming down hard on customers who fail to take advantage of the amnesty and those delinquent customers who continue to steal the NWC’s water.
He says the aim is to get persons who use NWC water to bear a different label from what obtains now.
Barnett also announced that NWC customers will benefit from early payment incentives which in most instances will be ten per cent of their total bill or a flat amount of $250.
There will also be a penalty of $250 for late payment.
The NWC acting President also announced a welcome back programme aimed at regularising persons who are presently off the NWC system or otherwise illegally connected.
Barnett also says there will be zero tolerance for infractions regarding commercial accounts and there will be an intensified disconnection programme which could see persons sewage being disconnected where applicable.
Correction: Earlier NWC's Acting President was identified as Micheal Barnett that was incorrect he is in fact Mark Barnett.