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KharmaTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-17-08 02:15 PM
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35. That Was An Incredible Tragedy
It wasn't just water, but electricity, too. Hundreds, mostly elderly, were found dead in their homes as the temps soared to 106. It caught the city by surprise and supposedly steps have been taken to prevent them from occuring again.

There is a law on the books that prevents a utility from abruptly shutting off services in extreme cold weather and I suspect there is a provision for extreme heat as well.

The catch 22...the more a water or power company spends on collecting past dues and going to court, along with the lost revenues, it justifies them to raise rates that will affect many others. There's no one-size fits all answer here.

There definitely should be some kind of safeguard program for the elderly and disabled...those on fixed incomes to assure they always get service...as a taxpayer I'd gladly pay more to make sure those who can't aren't literally frozen out (and this could be major problem across the country this winter as gas prices are sure to double...if not go higher for millions).
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