Maryland companies could begin shutting off utilities next week despite economic hardship
WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - As thousands struggle to pay utility bills in our region, next week Maryland companies can start shutting off services.
Maryland, Virginia and D.C. each offered some relief from utility payments as COVID-19 restrictions created financial hardships for thousands of residents.
Turn-offs can begin Sunday Nov. 15. On Oct. 1, utility companies were allowed to start issuing termination notices for customers behind on payment. According to Maryland’s Department of Human Services, affected customers will have 45 days from the date of a termination notice to seek a payment plan or energy assistance.
The number of people behind on utility bills is staggering.
Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman said Monday that 20,000 residents have not paid their water bills, up from 1,000 this time last year.