- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 29, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - With Jackson’s aging water lines crumbling, water and sewer lines on properties belonging to homeowners could be next.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (https://on.thec-l.com/1mg0UbB) city officials are warning it could cost residents several hundred to several thousand dollars for repairs.

One solution is for homeowners to have a warranty plan to pay for busted water lines and sewer lines on their property, Jackson city officials say.

“The working poor don’t have disposable income set aside to pay for such repairs,” said Councilman De’Keither Stamps.

Stamps said there needs to be a safety net for homeowners who can’t pay for costly repairs.

The city will begin to educate homeowners about the potential problems and let them know of companies that offer warranty plans. While the city will provide a list of such companies, Mayor Tony Yarber said no recommendations will be made.

Yarber said his chief administrative office will soon have the list available.

The cost of warranty plans vary but average about $4 to $6 monthly for water line protection and about $6 to $8 monthly for sewer line protection. Most plans are only for lines outside the house.

The National League of Cities has a service line plan. NLC says on its website that the service line warranty program is available for a low monthly fee, with no deductibles or service fees. The work is performed by licensed, local plumbers who will call the customer within one hour of filing a claim. The repair is performed typically within 24 hours.

Council Kenneth Stokes, whose ward includes a lot of residents on fixed incomes, said concern about residents being able to afford these costly repairs is a very important issue. He said recently his family had to pay a sewer repair bill costing several hundred dollars.

“It will be the worst nightmare you can imagine,” Stokes said.


Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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