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Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) has said that, despite efforts in recent months, the outstanding power and water bills of its consumers total US $583 million, according to the Kuwait Times. The Ministry has also said that some theft is happening in some areas, whilst new bills are beginning to mount up, even as it chases after older debts.
The report has suggested that MEW’s use of private companies to read meters, which led to some serious errors in billing in the past, has lead many consumers to lose confidence in the credibility of the system and have, consequently, stopped paying bills entirely.
Sources quoted by the newspaper say that a potential serious consequence could be the cancellation of the country’s current smart meter tender – leading to the loss of the grid management advantages that the technology can provide.