WSC preparing to take legal action against customers with arrears
The Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) is preparing to take legal action against businesses and individuals that have thousands in outstanding water and sewerage payments and have not come to the corporation to engage in a payment plan or make a full payment, WSC Executive Chairman Adrian Gibson said during a press conference Wednesday.
Since becoming executive chairman of WSC, Gibson has been focused on rightsizing the corporation and tackling payment arrears.
“We have issued documentation to our attorney, with respect to sewer and water bills, and anticipate over the next week a number of lawsuits against big companies and known and unknown persons who owe the corporation thousands of dollars for sewer and water usage,” said Gibson.
According to Gibson, some WSC customers sank wells to come off of the public water system and still refused to pay their bills.
Gibson issued a warning to those people, saying: “We haven’t forgotten you.”
He said those owing still have an opportunity to pay in full or to enroll in a payment plan.
WSC General Manager Elwood Donaldson said about 10 percent of the corporation’s 5,000 to 6,000 customers are on a payment plan.
“If payment is not made or a payment plan put in place, we intend to pursue those persons legally,” Gibson said.
While water can be disconnected for non-payment, Gibson said it is impossible for customers to be disconnected from the sewer system for not paying their bills.
“They cannot be disconnected because it has to do with sanitation and health,” he said. “We will be pursuing you as well.”
Meanwhile, collections on the Family Islands improved by 11 percent year-on-year last year, Gibson said. He added that the last three months of 2018 brought a 50 percent increase in collections, compared to the same period in 2017.
“We want to take that into 2019,” said Gibson.
WSC is also preparing to write off some of the outstanding money on its books because of balances from hurricane-damaged and abandoned homes.