Luapula Province Permanent Secretary Boniface Chimbwali has directed Luapula Water and Sewerage Company to disconnect Accounts of all owing entities from both public and private sectors in the province.
Mr. Chimbwali says he is sadly concerned at the high levels of failure to settle water and sewerage bills by the consumers of the services in the province which has resulted in serious operational problems for the Water Company.
He added that the only Institutions which should be exempted from closing of the water Accounts are the Hospital and Prisons because of the nature of their business in the province.
The Permanent Secretary suggested that the Water Company management must execute the directive without any delays unless in situations where the affected Institutions enter into a reasonable payment agreement which must be agreed by themselves for a consideration.
Mr. Chimbwali also directed all Heads of Government Institutions to ensure that they prioritise settling water and sewerage bills promptly in order to prevent disruption of the smooth running of their Institutions as water is critical to human life.