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Kunduz defaulters warned of water supply cut

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Kunduz defaulters warned of water supply cut

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Apr 02, 2017 - 18:12

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): A number of government departments and powerful individuals owe millions of afghanis to the water supply department in northern Kunduz province, an official said Sunday.

Farid Gul Sakhizada, the water and canalization department acting director, told Pajhwok Afghan News a list of the defaulters, including government offices, powerful individuals and public representatives, had been shared with the governor’s house.

“We warn the defaulters to pay their water bills or their names will be revealed to the public and their drinking water supply will be cut if we do not receive the payments,” he said.

He said the water and canalization department provided potable water to people for 16 hours a day. He asked consumers to pay their dues on time for the sake of improvement in the service.

Currently 18,000 families in Kunduz City and districts use the department’s water and the service is expected to be expanded this solar year, Sakhizada said.

On the other hand, Governor Asadullah Omarkhel asked defaulting families to pay their water bills or face the law.

Safiullah Amiri, a provincial council member, said many people would suffer if the water supply department disconnected the service to people as a result of non-payment of bills.

He said 50 percent of Kunduz people used the water supplied by the canalization department because water in deep wells was not healthy.

Hamidullah, a resident of Kudnuz city, said: “The government should disconnect water supply to defaulters and take legal action against them. If the water supply is stopped, it would be injustice with poor people.”

Each cubic meter of water is offered for 25 afghanis to people, according to the water supply and canalization department.

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