"EPAL is finding that many clients are resisting in honouring their bill payments (...). Today the debt that customers have contracted with EPAL is already around 99 billion kwanzas," Valdemiro Bernardo told Rádio Nacional de Angola (RNA).
The EPAL spokesman also said that in January the accumulated debt stood at 95 billion kwanzas.
"The municipalities that owe the most are the municipalities of Luanda, Viana and Talatona," added the official.
The issue of water theft was also raised by the company spokesman. The official lamented the insistence in resorting to water mining, an activity that causes losses to EPAL and to consumers.
"Garimpo is an evil that has generated a lot of damage to EPAL and unfortunately we still continue to see acts of garimpo. Since September of last year, we have been running a program to combat garimpo, which has been working with law and order and security bodies (?)", municipal administrations and residents' committees, he indicated.
Cited by RNA, Valdemiro Bernardo said that more than 100 illegal water connections had been deactivated recently: as part of the activity to combat illegal garimpo, "it has already been possible to deactivate around 105 connections that practiced water mining.
The spokesman added that the municipalities where there are more "acts of garimpo" are Viana, Talatona and Kilamba Kiaxi.