AL HB-428: PSC Control of Unregulated Private Sewers In and Around Tuscaloosa County

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Unregulated Private sewer providers have been taking advantage of the customers in a large area in and around the town of  Lake View, AL and wide areas of unincorporated Tuscaloosa County; parts of Jefferson County and a small area of Bibb County, AL for at least the past 20 years.   Some examples of abuse include an increase of monthly bills of nearly 400% since 2008--from $27 to $100 as of Feb.1, 2018. These flat rates are already slated to increase to $117 in 2020! 

Additional areas of concern include $5000 fines for alleged tampering with water line shut off valves; zero customer service access; returning all partial payments on totals owed while charging 18% interest plus a $25 late charge each month; people with zombie debts attached to liens to their homes; lawsuits that never seem to end.  The list is endless.  While some other sewer groups in the state have an intermediary known as a GUSC Board to monitor and regulate operations and ensure some measure of public protections, the citizens of this large area of Tuscaloosa county do not.  The GUSC that is in place in this community is wholly-owned by the unethical sewer operator in question. Fortunately, one State Representative, Rich Wingo, listened to our long-term cries about the need to have the consumers protected by the Alabama Public Service Commission (PSC) and has enlisted the support of several Tuscaloosa local delegation members to draft this bill.  Currently the bill has passed through the Committee, is now in the House and soon to be in the State Senate.

We affected citizens would like to see it on the ballot in November OR enacted immediately and this unethical sewer provider immediately placed under PSC review.  We would like petition letters (emails) from the public to show this one key decision maker (Sen. Gerald Allen) that you care about common every-day sewer citizens coming under the protection of the AL PSC sometime this year!  If we do not get a chance to vote because the Bill never makes it out of the Senate; or if the Bill fails to pass once on the ballot, we will continue to suffer at the hands of this greedy, unregulated sewer provider.

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