Under what circumstances can utilities be turned off?

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Under what circumstances can utilities be turned off?

I’m disabled and I have 2 kids – 4 and 10. My water bill on average is $35 a month. Now they put city sewer in it and it is $170 a month. Can I pay my water and garabage and not the sewer? Can they turn my water off?

Asked on September 7, 2010 under Bankruptcy Law, Tennessee

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

It is difficult with a sewer system to turn off your water.  It is not like electric or gas.  But you could indeed have a lien placed regarding the outstanding balance.  And then there are interest and penalties.  You claim that you are disabled.  Are you covered under the ADA?  Do you receive public assistance of any kind?  Then I would look in to any programs that would allow you obtain a reduction or assistance in paying for your necessities.  Contact the Department of Social Services to discuss the matter.  Maybe they can lead you in the right direction as to programs available.  There may even be programs that help with the other of life's necessities to free up some money to pay the water instead.  Good luck.   


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