WASCO stirs public panic with aggressive disconnection campaign

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WASCO stirs public panic with aggressive disconnection campaign

It was a virtual mob scene outside the Water and Sewage Company (WASCO) yesterday, Monday, July 1, 2013.

The mad rush came as the cash-strapped company announced a disconnection campaign.

The numbers flocking to WASCO Monday morning so exceeded the holding capacity of the office that management ordered it closed. Customers were determined to pay their bills in order to avoid disconnection, which would cost $100 plus VAT to rectify. It is a cost they do not want to bear. For WASCO, the campaign is one avenue to ensure that revenue owed is collected.

WASCO announced that customers owing on their bills 30 days and more should pay up at the main branches or face disconnection.

Customers in fear of being disconnected formed long queues from payment posts on the inside of the office to the yard outside. Persons quickly became disgruntled in the blazing morning heat.

To alleviate the frustrations management placed chairs on the outside for customers as well as make-shift tents to shade the sun.

The company, noting the chaos on Monday, decided to extend the arrears period from 30 to 60 days.

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  1. T agree with WASCO they should have done that years ago. My people need to understand that life is not for free and everything has a cost.

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  2. You don't have to stand in line at Wasco to pay either - payments are accepted at other locations such as GL Food Mart and Super J. Makes it so much easier!!

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  3. it's high time we lucians face the harsh reality of life u owe u make it your duty to pay your bill on time before wasco raised their water ppl who payed as little sa $14.70 let their water bill run sky high on them up to a day like today now when they get disconnected they bawling cause u have to pay one hundred and sumthing dollars for reconnection fee when the could have a void this situation sacrifice and pay your bill

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  4. That's better WASCO but perhaps u should have looked into the amount before giving a flat 60 days. I will may not fall in that category, but knowing our St. Lucian people it will happen again , People owing a $100- 150 dollars or more should be given 60 days over that 30 days seems fine.

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    • I agree, nothing is we business until it reach crisis. Carnival coming so everybody was hiding their money. We like too much damn freeness I tell you. I would leave it at 30 days because the same thing would happen again. Why don't they do that with LUCELEC? Lizard knows which tree to climb. WASCO has been too lenient.

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      • I think you have a typo, it should read, nothing is 'our' business...what's with that 'we'? Looks like it was imported.

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