Mulonga Water and Sewerage have offered an explanation for their erratic water supply to their clients recently.
Company Director of Commercial Services Donald Lusambo announced that the company is owed over K 40 million by various institutions among the government departments in unpaid bills.
Lusambo said the amount of money yet to be paid have affected operations of the Water Utility Company to address the many challenges it is faced with in the provision of water and sewer services to its people.
He said the company is running a number of projects to meet customer demands but with such an amount owed it is proving to be a challenge.
Lusambo said in the past central government had been paying the debts through the treasurer for all ministries but has scrapped off the system tasking ministries to pay on their own.
“Government used to pay for all ministries under the treasury until sometime in march when it made a decision that ministries begin to pay on their own, so that is the position in our areas of operation we are owed about K 40 million in unpaid bills, so government pays when it decides to pay and we are hopeful it pays us soon,” Lusambo said.
Meanwhile Lusambo said the water utility Company is currently undertaking the Zambia Water and Sanitation Project funded by the African Development Bank AfDB to improve water and sewer systems.
He said the project is expected to be completed by 2021 with hopes of providing water and sewer services to its customers more efficiently.