City officials are cracking down on delinquent water accounts — and on the residents who habitually request payment extensions.
Water service linked to accounts not paid in full by Aug. 25 will be disconnected, and will resume only after both the bill and the water turn-on charge are paid. No further extensions will be granted.
Judith Clement, city administrator, explained that city code dictates the granting of payment extensions. They are limited to two requests per calendar year and are meant to temporarily “help people in dire straits,” such as those facing medical issues, Clement said. Plus, water service that already has been disconnected for nonpayment is not eligible for payment extensions.
But that’s not how the system is working, she added.
“People are taking advantage of it, because they’ve gotten away with it in the past,” Clement said. “We have to run this like a business.”
Read more about the crackdown in Saturday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.