The National Water Commission (NWC) is reporting that it has made a major breakthrough in St. James to stop the theft of water.
It says during a recent revenue recovery operation in Cornwall Court in the parish, it uncovered 96 illegal connections and nine by-pass connections.
The operation revealed that of the 96 illegal connections, 45 were on the premises of unregistered users and 51 were accounts that the NWC had disconnected but were illegally reconnected.
According to the NWC, it has applied more than $1 million in back charges to the accounts.
It says other account holders were given a strict warning and threatened with prosecution if they are again caught with illegal connections.
The Commission says similar revenue recovery operations will be carried out in other communities in St. James and across western parishes in coming months.
Meanwhile, the Water Commission says there is a major disruption in service across Clarendon because thieves have taken all the electrical wires from the Palmetto Pen Pumping Station.
This has forced the shutdown of the facility.
The company says it is unable to provide a date for the restoration of service because the damage is still being assessed.
It says it is likely to cost more than one and a half million dollars to replace the stolen power cables.