NWC takes action to recover funds from 33,000 delinquents
The National Water Commission (NWC) says last year it initiated various enforcement actions against 33,000 persons who owe a total of $4 billion.
It is not clear how much was collected.
The NWC says among those targeted were 21,000 delinquent customers whose services were disconnected for arrears totalling $2.4 billion, but were later found with water on their premises.
The utility company reports that between January and December last year its investigators found 2,463 suspected illegal connections that resulted in losses totalling over $162 million.
The NWC says it taking civil action in the courts to recover more than $175 million.
It says the enforcement actions were initiated after a number of incentives that were aimed at encouraging delinquent customers and illegal consumers to regularise their account.
The NWC says it remains open to reasonable arrangements to settle outstanding debts, but warns that chronically delinquent customers and persons who illegally connect to its network will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.