Lynchburg Water Resources may resume water shut-offs in March

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The Lynchburg City Council is scheduled to consider a resolution to allow the Water Resources department to begin water shutoffs due to non-payment.

The General Assembly’s moratorium on water cutoffs allows for exemptions if delinquent payments total more than 1% of the Department’s water and sewer revenues.

Lynchburg Water Resources tells WFXR News delinquent payments have reached almost 2% of their revenue, which affects their ability to provide services.

The Department, according to Director Tim Mitchell, says they’ll reach out to customers to help them access about $344,000 in utility assistance from the CARES Act.

“We want to work with everybody the best we can to make sure we’re not creating another hardship for everybody at this point,” said Mitchell.

He says the utility funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and is not enough to cover all of the $800,000 in outstanding debt.

The department will also be sending out instructions for repayment plans. If approved, Mitchell says nearly 2,000 households could start seeing shut-offs in March.

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