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Post Falls sets out to collect overdue water bills

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POST FALLS, Idaho -

$75,000, that's how much the city of Post Falls is owed in overdue water bills.

One of the most delinquent accounts is a total of $3,200, and at roughly $40 a month, that means the bill had gone unpaid for nearly 4 years. This is just one of nearly 100 accounts that are overdue, and a majority of them come from the west side of the city.

A majority of the west side receives it's water from East Green Acres Irrigation District. The Post Falls finance director, Jason Faulkner says these accounts were delinquent for so long because neither the city nor the irrigation district were sure if they could legally shut off the water services.

After a thorough review of the contract with two attorneys, both sides came to an agreement that they could shut off the water and began sending out notices. But Faulkner says the irrigation district wanted to take it slow at the start and only targeted 5 of the most delinquent accounts. Those 5 houses, combined made up for $10,000 of the $75,000 that was owed.

"We probably had three of the 5 pay in full, and we only had 1 person out of the 5 that we had to shut off in order to reconnect water service they had to pay $1,600 to get their water reconnected," says Faulkner.

With 5 of the most debted accounts paying back, the city will continue to send notices to other overdue accounts.

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