Sesser's water provider threatening to shut off service

SESSER, IL (KFVS) - The Rend Lake Conservancy District is threatening to refuse water service to the city of Sesser if a $115,000 bill is not paid.

The city of Sesser has refused to pay Inter-City Water for $5,000 worth of water each month since July 2009, according to Rend Lake Conservancy District.

The city has also refused to pay interest and penalties for late payments. The conservancy district says they have tried everything, short of stopping service, to collect the past due balances.

The district is assuming that water customers of the city are paying their bills and the ones that don't have had their service shut off. It leaves them wondering where the money the city has collected from customers and not paid to Inter-City has gone.

According to the Rend Lake Conservancy District, the past due balances now exceed $115,000. The Board of Directors of Rend Lake Conservancy District voted on Jan. 24, 2011 to refuse water service to the City of Sesser. The board also voted that water service could be continued if the city pays current past due balances and all future short payments into an escrow account until the dispute between the city and Inter-City Water is resolved.

The district says if the city does not require each of its water users to pay their bill, the cost rises for all other users of the district's water.

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