(WWLP) - It's your money and we're watching it. 22News reporter JaclynCashman uncovers the millions of dollars owed for unpaid waterbills.
It's one of the first bills homeowners push aside when they'rehaving financial trouble.
Kathy Pedersen, from the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission,said, "What we get worried about is when Winter comes, because wedon't shut off water between October 31st and March 15th."
The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission has about $2.66million in unpaid bills from homeowners. On the books, surprisinglythe city of Springfield is the biggest offender.
But it is a bit misleading, because the Springfield Office ofHousing is listed as the owner of properties that they haveforeclosed on for non-payment of taxes.
So once Springfield sells the land and repays itself then theWater and Sewer Commission gets a check.
You have between 90-120 days to pay your bill before it'sshut off during non-Winter months.
It costs $100 to shut the water off and $75 to turn it backon.