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Mass disconnections follow too many unpaid bills

By Eddie Osifelo HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Nov. 30, 2009) - Solomon Islands Water Authority (SIWA) is carrying out a mass disconnection to its customers in the capital of Solomon islands, Honiara starting this month.

According to a notice received by Solomon Star, SIWA will start at Tandai, Rove, Tavio and Ngossi in the first week next month.

This will follow by Mendana Avenue, Townground, Mbokovera and Vavaya ridge in the second week.

On the third week, SIWA will move to Lengakiki, Mbumburu, Mbokona and Ranadi.

The exercise will end on the fourth week at Mbaranaba, Panatina, West Kolaridge and Vura.

SIWA reminded its customers to settle their water bills and arrears at its cashier office.

It said this is to avoid being disconnected and be charged with reconnection fees and interest.

However, some customers urged SIWA to provide water frequently to their homes.

One family in Whiteriver claimed they have not received water in the last three months.

She said this has made life really hard for them to fetch water for their daily needs.

As such, the customers said while SIWA want them to settle their bills, it should also provide flow water to community in the City.

Solomon Star understands SIWA owes Solomon Islands Electricity Authority (SIEA) SB$13-million [US$1.6 million] in debts.

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