- Associated Press - Friday, October 16, 2020

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Utilities across South Carolina have started to disconnect service again for people who don’t pay their bills after pausing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Greenville Water has disconnected service to more than 7,000 of its 185,000 customer accounts since starting the process again in August, the utility told The Greenville News.

Electric City Utilities in Anderson has cut off service to 3,015 of its more than 17,000 customers since July, the utility told the newspaper.

Greenville Water said some of the customers it cut off had not paid a water bill since November. They were warned by mail and phone calls throughout the summer, utility spokeswoman Emerald Clark said.

Clark said the utility knows it is a challenging time and included a list of agencies that provide assistance with utility bills along with delinquent notices.

“We can’t give people water for free,” Clark said.

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