SCRAP metal dealers have been warned against stealing manhole covers belonging to the Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company.
LWSC public relations officer Nshamba Muzungu said the company would not hesitate to take legal action against anybody found in possession of stolen manhole covers belonging to the utility company.
“The company has observed that thefts of manhole covers are on the increase owing to the fact that some scrap metal dealers have been providing a market for these items and thereby encouraging members of the public to engage in this illegal act.
“LWSC will not hesitate to institute legal action against any scrap metal dealer or person found in possession of stolen manhole covers belonging to the utility company,” he said.
The warning comes after Lusaka Magistrate Court convicted two Mandevu residents for stealing manhole covers belonging to LWSC with a market value of K18,000.
Mr Muzungu said the two men were caught after they sold the stolen manhole covers to a prominent Lusaka scrap metal dealer, where the items were later recovered following a combined operation involving LWSC security officers and Zambia Police officers at the premises.
He warned members of the public to be vigilant and report persons involved in thefts of property belonging to the water utility including manhole covers, meter covers, postpaid meters as well as people masquerading as LWSC employees.
There has been a rise in reports of stolen manhole covers especially in residential areas with new housing structures.