Yelm Utility Payments Due by End of Month

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Those with past-due water account balances with the city of Yelm have until Oct. 31 to pay up.

Due to the governor’s recent proclamation, the prohibition of utility disconnection during the COVID-19 pandemic expired Sept. 30.

According to a news release, the city of Yelm has recognized the many challenges its residents have faced during the pandemic and is willing to work with customers who have been financially impacted by the public health emergency.

The city will let residents with past-due water accounts managed by the city of Yelm sign a contract before Oct. 31 for an up to 12-month payment plan to pay off their past due amount.

Failure to pay in full by Oct. 31, or to sign up for a payment plan, may result in a termination of services, stated the release.

The Washington Constitution prohibits a gift of public funds to help people pay for their bills. As a public water utility provider, the city is not able to forgive or write-off any balances, stated the release.

There are, however, local and state resources for people who need assistance.

Washington 2-1-1, found online at wa211.org, will connect individuals in need to resources and services.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program can be accessed at www.commerce.wa.gov/growing-the-economy/energy/low-income-home-energy-assistance. Those that need help with rent assistance can go online to www.commerce.wa.gov/covid-19-homeless-services.

And the Drinking Water Customer Assistance Program can be found online at www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/DrinkingWater/WaterSystemAssistance/CustomerAssistanceProgram.

The city of Yelm will return to its normal shut-off schedule and policies starting Nov. 1. Information regarding the schedule and policies can be found online at www.ci.yelm.wa.us/utility_policies.php. Contact the Yelm Community Services Department at 360-458-3244 for questions or concerns.

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