Carolina Water Service, Inc. of North Carolina Encourages Customers to Consider Payment Plans or Payment Arrangements Before November 1, 2020 Restart of Disconnections

Sep 15, 2020

Carolina Water Service understands the impact COVID-19 has had on many households and asks those who are experiencing payment difficulties to contact our Customer Service Department for assistance at (800) 525-7990. On November 1, 2020, CWSNC will restart disconnects for non-payment.

We greatly appreciate those customers who have been able to keep their accounts current during this crisis, but we understand that many have not been as fortunate. Some households will feel the impact of lost income for months to come. That is why we are offering deferred payment arrangements and payment plans to customers who may not be able to stay current on their water and sewer bills.

  • payment plan is an agreement with a customer to make a specified payment by a specified date. For example, a customer may agree to pay a balance ten days beyond the bill’s due date.  
  • payment arrangement is an agreement with a customer to pay off their balance in combination with future bills, which installments are reflected on monthly customer bills. 

CWSNC is encouraging customers to establish a payment plan or payment arrangement that best meets their needs. The Commission has required payment arrangements be designed to spread past due balances over a 12-month period, though shorter terms may be used if it best suits the customer’s situation.[1] 

Customers with active payment arrangements will avoid disconnection action and potential future late fees, as long as they remain up to date with the arrangement and their current period billed charges.

CWSNC asks customers with past-due account balances contact our Customer Service Department as soon as possible.  Customers may set up either a payment plan or payment arrangement by calling our Customer Service Department at (800) 525-7990.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many North Carolinians and created financial and emotional hardships.  In addition to extended payment arrangements and a continued moratorium on utility late payment fees, 211.org may also be able to help.  This free service can help you find local community agencies providing a wide range of assistance.  Please visit https://www.211.org/ or dial 211 from your phone to start.

[1] On July 29, 2020, in Docket No. M-100 Sub 158, The North Carolina Utilities Commission (Commission) provided additional clarification for regulated utilities on the timing of the restart of disconnects and payment of fees. The Commission stated disconnects due to non-payment could begin on September 1, 2020.  However, late fees will continue to be waived until further direction is provided by the Commission.

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