The statewide suspension of utility service disconnections ends today.
With the expiration of an order from the Mississippi Public Service Commission, water, electric, gas and sewer services can once again be cut off due to lack of payment. The PSC voted to suspend disconnections back in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The order, which will officially expire at 5 p.m., was extended back on May 12th to allow customers to get caught up on their payments.
“While the public health emergency still reigns, the economic impacts for customers (recurring non-payment) and utilities (reduced revenues) have to be considered as well,” PSC Chairman Dane Maxwell said at the time. “This short-term extension should be framed as a transition period for consumers and utilities to work together to find amenable solutions to getting balances reduced and current in a timely fashion.”
If you are having trouble making payments on your utility bills, the PSC urges you to reach out to your provider directly to see about a payment plan.