By Christopher Chisi
The Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company has disclosed that it is owed a total of about 276 Million Kwacha in unpaid bills as of the month of December 2018.
Company Managing Director Jonathan Kampata says of these debts, the private, both commercial and domestic customers owe the utility company 148 million kwacha while government accounts for 128 million kwacha.
Engineer Kampata expressed concern that the debts are adversely affecting the water utility firm.
Speaking during a media briefing in Lusaka, Engineer Kampata emphasized that the debts are affecting the company’s cash flow.
“As you may already know, this situation deprives the company [Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company] of the much-needed revenue to improve service delivery to the people of Lusaka,” Engineer Kampata observed.
He however, said despite the challenges the company is facing some success have been recorded.
“The company introduced electronic billing system in February 2018. Under the new billing platform, engineer kampata said, the bills are now sent electronically via mail and mobile phone short message services or SMS and this has greatly improved our efficiency levels as customers are now able to receive their bills on the very day we bill.”
Meanwhile, the Company Managing Director says they have successfully implemented the Lusaka Water Supply And Sanitation And Drainage Project which is also known as the Millennium Challenge Cooperation Compact which came to end on November 15, 2018.
He says the Lusaka Water Supply and Sanitation and Drainage project sought to restore the Lolanda water treatment plant to its design capacity of 110 million liters per day and rehabilitate distribution centres among others.
Engineer Kampata further adds that the demand for water in Lusaka still remains higher than what they supply with a daily average water demand standing at 418 million litres per day.