Corporate Communications Manager at the National Water Commission, NWC, Andrew Canon is admitting that the State-owned utility is also charging its paying customers for water it produces that’s stolen by others.

He says the issue remains a work in progress for the NWC.

The revelation comes after light and power company, the Jamaica Public Service, JPS, also admitted recently that the OUR has allowed them to recoup losses incurred through electricity theft from its paying customers.

But, Mr Canon says the NWC’s actively pursuing those stealing the precious commodity.

Andrew Canon, Corporate Communications Manager at the National Water Commission, NWC.

Meanwhile, President of the NWC, Mark Barnett says unless paying customers report incidents of water theft, they’ll continue to pay more for losses incurred by theft.

He notes that there’s a culture in Jamaica where people feel they shouldn’t pay for water.

The NWC President also sought to explain how water theft is filtered into paying customers’ bills.

Mark Barnett, President of the NWC, speaking yesterday during a virtual media briefing on drought mitigation.