Howard County residents struggling to pay water and sewer bills will have a reprieve until the federal government shutdown ends, County Executive Ken Ulman announced Friday.
The county will not disconnect water service until the shutdown is over, Ulman said.
Water and sewer customers normally have 30 days to pay their bill, sent by the county on a quarterly basis. After two additional notices, the county will usually shut off service for residential accounts that owe more than $250.
But Ulman said at least two dozen people have contacted the Department of Finance in the past week, complaining of difficulties paying their water and sewer bill because they haven't been getting a paycheck during the shutdown.
About 12 percent of Howard County's workforce -- 18,000 people -- is employed by the federal government.