15 October 2012

Zambia: 'LWSC Loses Revenue Through Leakages'

LUSAKA Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) has said 40 per cent of the projected revenue by the company every year, is lost through pipe leakages, illegal connections and misuse of water.

This has reduced the revenue level ratios of the water compared to the investment ratios.

LWSC acting commercial director Fearless Hatontola said LWSC loses 40 per cent of revenue due to leakages in the water pipes and stealing water through illegal connections.

In an interview in Lusaka at the weekend Ms Hatontola said her company was aiming at reducing the loss of revenue to 30 per cent by putting up measures which would reduce the losses.

She said among the measures the company was putting in place was to repair and replace old pipes so that leakages were minimised.

"We have been losing a lot of revenue through various ways, that is why recently you have seen LWSC repairing broken pipes and we are working with the Lusaka City Council to curb illegal connections toour line," Ms Hatontola said.

She added that LWSC was reviewing the payment period from the current 14 days to two days notice.

Ms Hatontola said the company faces a challenge of low money collections on the water and sewage services the company provides to Lusaka Province residents.

And LWSC peri-urban engineer Mwansa Nachula said the introduction of communal taps and water kiosks had eased the challenges of water shortages people faced in the province.

Ms Nachula said this had also increased the revenue base of the company and that people had been put on the fixed charge.

"Those using the service are on fixed charge.

They have been paying as little as K13,000 per month and that it was helping those who could manage to be connected to the main water lines," Ms Nachula said.

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