22 December 2013

Zambia: 'Install Pre-Paid Meters in Govt Institutions'

COMMERCIAL water utilities in the country have proposed installation of pre-paid meters in Government institutions to cut down on huge debts accumulated from unpaid bills.

Mulonga Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC) acting managing director Kanyembo Ndhlovu said one of the major problems faced by the water firms was in collection of payments of service bills and institutions.

Mr Ndhlovu, who cited the K12 million owed to Mulonga by Government institutions in unpaid service bills, said this had continued to impact on the operations of water companies in the country.

He said this last weekend during the MWSC end-of-year media briefing and cocktail party held at Protea Hotel in Chingola.

Mr Ndhlovu said debts resulting from non-payment of service bills among Government institutions had been a problem every year.

He said the commercial water utilities had been engaging Government with a view to finding a lasting solution to the problem.

Mr Ndhlovu said one of the proposals at hand was to start installing pre-paid meters in Government institutions.

"A proposal to have pre-paid meters installed in Government institutions has been made but again this undertaking is not cheap and we are also talking of meters that are sensitive," Mr Ndhlovu said.

Meanwhile, Mr Ndhlovu said the recent downsizing of operations among mining firms had had a toll on MWSC's revenue collection from the mines.

He, however, said the impact on the utility's coffers caused by the dwindled revenue from the mining companies had been cushioned by expansion of services to domestic consumers.

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