Wednesday 19 June, 2019

Christmas 'bligh' for persons with illegal water connections

Come December, persons with illegal water connections, unregistered swimming pools and those who operate a VAT-registered business but maintain a status as a residential customer, will get an “ease up”.

These individuals will not be disconnected or face the possibility of legal action in accordance with the Water and Sewerage Act as the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) has promised to regularise the status of these individuals’ connections.

The pardon is part of the Authority’s recently launched Amnesty Programme which will run for the period December 3, 2018 to February 28, 2019.

The Amnesty will apply specifically to those falling into any of the following categories:

  • Persons with illegal connections i.e. persons who have an existing water service connection but who are not registered as a customer of the Authority;
  • Customers with unregistered swimming pools i.e. customers who have swimming pools but have not indicated the existence of same to the Authority;
  • Customers who are VAT registered i.e. customers who conduct a VAT-registered business and are currently classified as a residential customer.

Under the Water and Sewerage Act, these persons can face a one-year retroactive charge or disconnection of their service.

But, under the new Amnesty, these charges, as well as WASA’s right to disconnect will be waived.

Persons in these categories are encouraged to regularise their status by visiting any of the Authority’s Customer Service Centres located across the country.

WASA warned that those who fail to take advantage of this Amnesty will face disconnection of their service, as well as the imposition of penalties and any other legal recourse available to the Authority. 

 

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