28 defaulting customers in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis have been sued by Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) in the Western Region for failing to pay water bills totaling GH327,579.39.
Hotels, churches, government agencies, transportation providers, private citizens, and residential clients were among the defaulters.
According to a statement made by Nana Yaw Barima Barnie, the GWCL’s Central and Western Regions Communications Manager, and forwarded to the Ghanaian Times on Friday, the company’s customers are primarily those who have fallen behind on their payments for two to six years and have even been disconnected.
It claimed that despite the GWCL’s best efforts, including demand notices and reminders delivered to the customers, the customers have refused to pay their water bills.
According to the statement, judgements against customers who were properly served and appeared in court were handed down by the various courts in Takoradi and Sekondi.
The GWCL claimed that judgement was still rendered against others who were served but did not show up in court.
Some of the alleged customers are reportedly rushing to the company’s offices to pay their bills in full or in part even before the lawyers for GWCL start the execution procedures to recover the judgement debts, according to the statement.
While other clients begged for payment schedules acceptable to GWCL, the statement claimed that the company had recovered GH66,962.73.
The statement claims that a significant transport company (name withheld), which owed the GWCL GH25,572.49, hurried to pay GH5,000 and agreed to pay an additional GH5,000 every two weeks until the balance was paid.
It stated that out of a customer’s GH13,646.56 in arrears, he paid GH13,000 while two other customers, whose separate bills were GH3,728.73 and GH2,798.14 respectively, paid their entire balances right away.
The statement read, “Management of GWCL hopes to make it significantly more difficult for customers in the Western Region to fall behind on their water bill payments.”
The GWCL cautioned that it will spare no efforts to rid its books of all defaulting customers.