COTTAGE HILLS - Customers who owe Wood River Township money for sewer service still have time to pay before their water service is shut off.
Sewer scofflaws were warned last fall that if they left their sewer bills unpaid, their services would be shut off until all outstanding balances are paid in full.
"Letters will go out (Tuesday) for anyone whose bill isn't paid, and if they don't come in to pay, their water will be shut off on Jan. 26," said Gale Ufert, the township's sewer clerk.
The township entered into an intergovernmental agreement on Jan. 1 with the Maple Park Water District as a way of trying to recoup its outstanding debt in the Forest Homes/Cottage Hills Sewer System. Customers who are delinquent by more than 30 days will have their water shut off.
Currently, Ufert said, the township has $37,000 in unpaid sewer debt. She said since the township first announced that a customer's services could be terminated, several people have paid their debts and others have made arrangements to pay.
"Before now, in order to collect any money on past-due bills, (the township) has to place a lien on the property, which costs us," Ufert said.
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