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It Is Inhumane To Shut Off Water With 2 Children And Baby
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AUGUSTA, GEORGIA -- The Columbia County has a scam going on.

I have 40 witnesses who are raving over there bill. I wanted them to prove how my bill can be $90.00 a month and I don't have a pool or flower to water. They don't even read my meter they are estimating and shut my water off. I have a baby and 2 kids and would think they would not because it is inhumane. It should be told about the scam going on. Interview other customers and see.
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jktshff1 on 07/25/2008:
I am not going to start this one
madconsumer on 07/25/2008:
it is called pay your bill. you can dispute an estimated bill, but remember, it could be higher.

with 2 kids and a baby, how much laundry, dishes, baths, do you do? this would add up fast.

you can also learn to read your own meter, this will allow you to verify the reading.

as far as being inhumane, it is not. although water is required to stay alive, you won't die to quickly. the feds do prevent electrcity from being shut off, but not water.
Anonymous on 07/25/2008:
How many bills have you not paid? A utility usually doesn't shut off after one missed payment.
tnchuck100 on 07/25/2008:
"the feds do prevent electrcity from being shut off" - This is false.

Any utility or service can be shut off for non-payment. There are very restricted qualifications for any exceptions. Each city/town/municipality/district may establish their own notification procedures.
TGT101 on 07/25/2008:
The meter is read electronically.
BEJ on 07/25/2008:
IF you pay your bills then utilities do not get shut off. Did you contact them about a payment plan perhaps? They might have been willing to work with you.
TGT101 on 07/26/2008:
They can't turn your electricity off ONLY if it is used for the heat in your home AND you have talked to them about payment schedule.
Anonymous on 07/26/2008:
Not true TGT101 - tnchuck is correct, each area has its own specific regulations. Where I grew up it could get -20 to -40 in the winter months. If a household was heated only by electricity, power could not be turned off, regardless if a customer could pay.
Nohandle on 07/26/2008:
As has been stated earlier each area has its' own policies. In my area if your utility bill (which includes water) is not paid your services can be discontinued. Here it is not requirement to provide free service to anyone. There are a number of agencies to call if someone needs assistance and even a check box on the utility bill if someone wishes to pay an additional sum to contribute to those in need.
NikkieL on 08/03/2008:
Sometimes you can't pay your bills. I mean, you've got children. I suggest downsizing or anything you can, or just get a different place to live or an apartment.

It is humane to turn off anything that is a luxury to you.
DebtorBasher on 08/03/2008:
Is $90.00 a big increase from what you usually pay? If it is, you may want to have your place checked for a water can be underground and you're not aware of it.
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