Thursday, March 23, 2017

Serov cuts off hot water to two-thirds of city residents

The administration of the Sverdlovsk city of Serov announced earlier this week that it has shut off fuel to 14 city boilers, leaving two-thirds of its residents without hot water.

Hot water service was discontinued to households that have defaulted on their utility bills. Government agencies claimed to have sent several notices to delinquent households prior to cutting off the utility. Collectively, city residents owe the municipal heating company $190,000, ITAR-TASS reports.

"The reason for blackouts served community debts for gas to now in the amount of $190,000," Serov City Secretary Vera Tlyashova said, according to ITAR-TASS. "Guidelines of Serov city district sent notice of the illegality of trips made to the prosecutor, the regional Ministry of Energy and Utilities and the Government of the Sverdlovsk region."

Meanwhile, hot water service will continue to be provided to the city's numerous public institutions including hospitals, schools and kindergartens, regardless of their payment history. In total, public institutions account for a $2.1 million debt to the heating--a sum the utility is willing to negotiate to a finite extent.

"The situation will only get worse with taxes and difficult negotiations, which are conducted in the interests of bona fide customers," Serov district head Elena Berdnikova said, ITAR-TASS reports. "In the coming days against non-payers will be strengthened claims work. Communal services are going to post lists of debtors at the entrances of houses."