By SANFROSSA MANYINDA
KAFUBU Water and Sanitation Company (KWSC) is owed over K100m in unpaid utility bills by customers.
KWSC has over 65, 000 customers spread in Ndola, Luanshya and Masaiti.
KWSC Managing Director, Anthanasius Mwaba, noted that the advent of Covid-19 had reduced the collection of revenue by the firm by 50 percent.
Mr Mwaba said despite the fall in revenue, the firm had continued supplying safe and clean water to its clients.
“I want to urge all our customers to meet their obligations on time and pay their bills in full.
“We were given a big responsibility to ensure that we provide safe and clean drinking water to all our customers. Covid-19 has affected everyone, and we have seen a decline in our collections as a company,” he said.
Mr Mwaba said despite all this, the company understood that it had the duty to ensure that all clients have constant supply of water.
He said the firm had to meet other obligations such as paying electricity bills, buying chemicals for treatment plants and paying salaries.
He urged all the clients to use all available platforms to clear their debt.
Mr Mwaba said clients had an opportunity to clear their debt on time to keep the firm afloat as it provided the much needed water and sewerage services to them.
On Monday, Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Minister Raphael Nakachinda urged all citizens to promptly settle their bills with utility firms or face mass disconnections.
Mr Nakachinda said the Government was disappointed that its gesture to temporarily suspend water disconnection due to the effects of Covid-19 was abused by some citizens.