September 15, 2012 12:00:00 AM
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The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) has given another chance to illegal and defaulting customers to make their payments.

After the 3-month amnesty period which ended on August 14, 2012, WAF chief executive Opetaia Ravai said they are giving extra time to customers to pay up.

The 3-month amnesty period began on May 14 in a bid by WAF to give time to a total of 779 illegal customers throughout the country to be registered and regularised by the authority.

Some illegal customers were accessing water from a meter but not receiving any bills.

Ravai said if the person does not want to pay after this second chance, then they have no choice but to prosecute them.

“We haven’t prosecuted any person yet and are giving extra time for them to regularise their connection,” he said.

He said thousands of the illegal customers are now coming forward to pay while others have made arrangements for payments.

Almost $20m remains in arrears and WAF is trying its best to recover these from the default and illegal customers.

By Ropate Valemei

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