With the cold weather comes frozen pipes, and many area residents are suffering from the inconvenience and expense of having no running water. However, many municipalities have offered residents a credit for letting their water run to prevent pipes from freezing.
In Knox, residents will receive a discount on their sewer bill if their bill is found to be higher than average due to running water to stave off frozen pipes. However, because the State Board of Accounts prohibits crediting the water portion of the bill, the water bill will not be adjusted. The sewer portion will be adjusted, however, and Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston advises anyone whose bill is found to be higher than usual to contact the utility clerk.
The clerk-treasurer of North Judson told WKVI that they will also be adjusting the sewer portion of bills. Donna Henry said as long as the resident advises they have had their water running, the sewer bill will be adjusted toward the end of March on the bill due April 12. Henry explained they are going to wait until that bill to ensure all meters have been read.
The town of Winamac will also adjust bills for residents who have been running water, and in Hamlet, officials will be monitoring consumption but they have not expressed intent on adjusting bills.
For more information, contact your local utility clerk.