Could Jefferson County Water & Sewer services split?

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — More blows for the Birmingham Water Works Board. A proposed bill in the Alabama legislature aims to divide water and sewer services. People say the move is needed because customers can’t afford those high sewer bills and could have their water shut off if they don’t pay.

But Jefferson County leaders don’t like the proposed legislation. They say, separating the two jeopardizes the county’s bankruptcy exit plan.

“We made an agreement with the creditors back in December that we would have the right ability to cut water service off if someone did not pay their sewer bill.” - Tony Petelos, County Manager

County Manager Tony Petelos says that could cause the county to default on their bonds. He also says that, without the threat of water shutoff, there would be no incentive for people to pay. Petelos also told us that if the bill moves forward the county will take the issue to court.

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