On March 17, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued a moratorium on utility shutoffs in Indiana due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In June, the moratorium was extended - with the new expiration deadline set for Aug 14.
Evansville Water and Sewer Utility officials held a news conference on Wednesday to discuss the expiration of the suspension on utility shutoffs. Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke was present at Wednesday's conference - urging River City citizens in need of utility assistance to sign up for a payment plan.
"We're not saying there's not a need - we understand the need," said Winnecke. "A lot of people have been either displaced entirely from their work environment or they've been furloughed, and the message today is - we want to work with customers to make sure they don't get to the cutoff status."
"There's an easy way to do that," Winnecke explained. "And that's by signing up for some sort of payment plan."
The temporary suspension on utility shutoffs could be extended, but EWSU anticipates it to expire on the Aug 14 deadline.
According to EWSU, more than 2700 people are now behind on their payments - accumulating a total amount of $1,612,296 in payment owed to EWSU.
Those in need of assistance with utility bills are urged to contact one of the many assistance agencies listed by EWSU.
Customers in good standing that have not been disconnected yet may also be eligible for payment arrangements on their bill.
More general information and requests on Water and Sewer Utility in Evansville can be found here.
The Community Action Program of Evansville (CAPE) is also offering water bill assistance to Vanderburgh, Gibson, and Posey County residents. Customers can apply with CAPE at 812-492-3941. CAPE also offers energy assistance and other programs.