THE Water Authority of Fiji is in the process of penalising customers who illegally connect their pipes to the company's water supply system.
CEO Opetaia Ravai last week said they received reports of illegal water connections from the Northern Division.
"We are in the process of penalising these illegal consumers," Mr Ravai said.
"Right now, I don't have the exact number of the consumers but all I can say is that we are aware of this issue along with other consumers in parts of the country," he said.
"We gave them a grace period to regularise their water system but they failed to do so.
"This leaves us with no choice but to penalise them."
Mr Ravai said they were closely monitoring the situation of illegal water connection not only in the North but throughout the country.
"Our officials are making it their business to monitor our reticulation system to ensure that such illegal activities are controlled."
It was earlier reported that those who fail to regularise their water status could face a minimum fine of $1000 and up to a maximum of $1million, together with other associated penalties.
Mr Ravai visited Vanua Levu last week to meet his officers and some of its customers. He also visited water project sites in Bua.