People who have more than $500 in unpaid city of Atlanta water bills can take advantage of a city-sponsored amnesty program that starts March 1.
The city reports that its water and sewer bills are among the highest in the nation.
“In an effort to provide assistance to customers facing disconnection due to outstanding balances, the Department of Watershed Management will implement an Amnesty Program during the month of March, allowing both commercial and residential customers the opportunity to enter into payment plans to help settle their accounts without facing penalties,” a press release from the city says.
The amnesty period is March 1 to March 31. Customers with balances exceeding $500 must pay 20 percent of their bill before entering into a payment agreement with the city. The city will also waive late fees and assessments during the amnesty period.
“Eligible customers may call ATL 311 (404-546-0311) to establish a payment plan,” the press release says. “Watershed Management staff also will be available between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at 2 City Plaza (72 Marietta St.) on the dates listed to assist walk-in customers. 2 City Plaza is conveniently located near the Five Points MARTA Station. Exit the Five Points Station onto Forsyth Street and turn right. Walk northeast on Forsyth Street and turn left onto Marietta Street. Walk one block to Fairlie Street. After crossing Fairlie Street, 2 City Plaza is on the left. Please note there is no public parking at this location; however metered parking is available in the immediate vicinity.”
The walk-in dates are:
Wednesday, March 1 & Thursday, March 2
Monday, March 6 & Tuesday, March 7
Monday, March 13 & Tuesday, March 14
Monday, March 20 & Tuesday, March 21
Monday, March 27 & Tuesday, March 28
Source: City of Atlanta