JPS discovers illegally connected heated pool

October 27, 2017
An indoor, heated swimming pool that was powered by an illegal electricity connection.

While ramping up its fight against electricity theft, JPS has detected a number of hidden irregularities, including the recent discovery of an illegally connected heated swimming pool and hot tub.

The pool and tub were found at a location used as a business and residence in downtown Kingston. One arrest was made.

The discovery was made during an operation by JPS crews in the Lower Barry Street, Laws Street, Georges Lane and Rum Lane areas. Several other illegal connections were also removed.

JPS has been fighting the scourge of electricity theft, not only by carrying out operations in high-theft areas, but also with the increased use of analytics, on-the-ground intelligence, random sampling, and meter auditing.

The company has found that persons have attempted to have some electrical appliances or other items, such as swimming pools, bypass the meter to avoid paying the correct energy consumption cost.

Those customers have been caught stealing as much as up to 60 per cent of their consumption. It has been found, however, that these customers tend not to steal above this level, in an effort to appear to have a legitimate electricity bill.

Instances of electricity theft have also been found in communities in upper St Andrew, such as Manor Park, Cherry Gardens and Meadowbrook, among other areas.

Persons wishing to report electricity theft may call the Customer Care Centre at 1888-CALL JPS or 1888-225-5577 or email calljps@jpsco.com.

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