City utilities apologizes for mixup on past-due notices

The Columbus City Utilities is apologizing for a clerical error in which about 2,000 customers received past-due notices and disconnect warnings when they didn’t owe any money.

City utility clerks were sending out routine email notices March 3 on water and sewer bills to let customers know they were past due on paying their water and sewer bills, said Keith Reeves, Columbus City Utilities director.

Because of a clerical error, about 2,500 of the notices went out, when only 200 accounts were actually past due, he said.

“We regret it,” Reeves said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.