ZCWD charges man for illegal water connection PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 16:05

Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) is intensifying its efforts to stop all forms of illegal water connections in the City.  Illegal water connections contribute to non-revenue water (NRW) resulting to losses (water wastage and revenue/commercial losses) to the ZCWD.

As a result of these efforts, a man who was apprehended for three (3) counts of drawing of water from an illegally reopened water service connection, is now a subject of a warrant of arrest for two (2) violations of Republic Act (RA) No. 8041, otherwise known as the “National Water Crisis Act of 1995”.

The Zamboanga City Fiscal’s office found probable cause to indict the subject, identified as Salvador L. Clarito, a resident of Campaner Street, Zamboanga City, for violation of the said law, specifically the illegal act of reopening a closed water service connection and draw water therefrom for household use.

Illegal reopening of a closed water service connection is usually committed by customers whose water services have been disconnected by ZCWD because of unpaid water bills or accounts.

It was also learned that Clarito is currently employed with the City Government of Zamboanga as a traffic aide.

Based on the charges filed in court, he was apprehended on two occasions by the Illegal Connection Investigation Unit of ZCWD on November 2, 2010 and August 21, 2013, respectively. The charges against Clarito also carries with it the penalties amounting to PhP137,412.20 and PhP195,716.70 with a total of PhP333,128.90.

Clarito may also face possible imprisonment of six months to two years if found guilty by the court. Pursuant to R.A. 8041, all forms of illegal water connection are punishable by imprisonment of six months up to two years with a corresponding fine depending on the gravity of the violation.

The Legal Department of the Zamboanga City Water District also disclosed that the water utility firm is actively pushing its campaign against illegal water connections in households and commercial establishments thru the conduct of public consultations and seminars admonishing customers from perpetrating illegalities in their water service connections.

ZCWD calls on the public to report any person or establishment suspected of illegal water connections in order for the district to pursue cases against these perpetrators.

“We are reminding consumers to conserve and use water wisely.For queries and assistance, please contact ZCWD customer Care Division 955 – 1007 to 1008 (Mon – Fri) 8:00AM – 5:00PM and WTP 957 – 3651 local 100 (Saturday, Sunday and holidays).” (ZCWD PRESS RELEASE)