Water, Sewer and Utility Shutoffs To Resume Wednesday

Since March when the COVID-19 pandemic hit Gov. Eric Holcomb protected Hoosiers from being evicted or having their utilities shut off. That moratorium expired last week, Evansville Water, Sewer and Utilities making changes right now, impacting thousands.

Posted: Aug 19, 2020 11:37 PM
Updated: Aug 19, 2020 11:37 PM

Since March Evansville residents haven't' had to worry about their utilities or water being shut off, as of Wednesday, August 19, thats changing.

"The physical shut offs start today" says Interim Director of EWSU Mike Labitzke.

According to Evansville, Water, Sewer and Utility there are over 2,100 customers facing water and utility shut offs in the city as of Monday.

Labitzke says before COIVD-19 there were generally around 1,000 people facing shutoff.

"Unfortunately we knew this day was coming, I know to many people right now that are suffering" says Jeremy Axton an Evansville resident.

The moratorium on utility shutoff's by order of Gov. Eric Holcomb ended Friday, August 14.

The utility board voted to resume shut offs starting Wednesday, August 19, the same day as children went back to school in Evansville.

However, late fees, disconnection and reconnection fees, along with deposits for residential customers have all been waived through October 2020.

Currently nearly 700 customers have made some type of payment arrangement, that number is up from previous July and June.

If you've received a disconnect notice the utility company says shutoffs will happen through out the month, not all at once.

"If contact isn't made and arrangements are made in advance of the shut off time, that is when the water service will be shut off"

According to EWSU there are options for people that are behind, all you have to do is reach out to customer service.

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