Jinja tops water theft

The management of National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) has announced it has registered losses of up to Shs2.6 billion on account of water thefts in Jinja District, taking the area to the top of the country in as far as water theft is concerned.

This was revealed on Friday by the corporation’s deputy managing director in charge of technical services, Mr Johnson Amayo, while speaking in Jinja during the launch of a campaign against illegal water use.

Mr Amayo said 45 percent of the water produced in Jinja is stolen by illegal users, a figure which has persisted for the last two years. This he said, made Jinja rise 15 percentage points higher than the 30 per cent mark that the corporation has registered in the highly populated Kampala city.

He said the thefts which are suspected to be done in connivance with staff of the corporation takes place in the form of meter bypasses, meter tampering and illegal connections.

Mr Amayo said in the last three months, the corporation had mounted joint operations with the police and arrested 51 illegal water consumers, some of whom have since been prosecuted.

He said an amnesty has been offered to whoever will have come out by December 31 to confess and regularise consumption.

The Mayor of Jinja, Hajji Muhammad Kezaala called on residents to stop water theft and the habit of defaulting on the payment of water bills saying this will help the corporation to role out to other areas that are not connected to the water.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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