City to begin water shutoffs Nov. 1By ANTHONY WARREN,
Beginning November 1, residents who have not paid their bills or set up payment plans will begin having their water shut off.
Public Works Director Robert Miller told the city council Monday that the city was ready to begin cutoffs for nonpayment.
“Beginning Thursday, November 1, we will begin the first turnoffs for nonpayment. They have been notified by mail, have been given 14 days’ notice,” he said. “As they bring their accounts current, we will restore water service immediately.”
Miller didn’t say how many accounts were eligible for shutoff.
“We will have a communication going out to the press later this week, about the process, what processes (residents can go through) to ensure their service is not disconnected and explain to customers why it is so important we manage collections to include turnoff nonpayment.
No release had been sent to the media at press time.
He said the collections are needed to help the city pay its water/sewer debt service, cover operation costs and payback the general fund for amounts previously borrowed.
The council’s ad hoc water committee met on October 27. Miller told members that the city was still not collecting enough in water and sewer fees to cover the water department’s operations in the long-term.