There is a new deadline to pay the water bill and countdown to the cutoff for the owners of a large south Columbus apartment complex.
The residents in 383 low-income apartments at Eagles Trace off Torchhill Road could be without water on March 29 if the bill remains unpaid.
This time the residents of Eagles Trace will know that their water could run dry at the end of the month. Water Works employees put up signs Thursday notifying residents of the potential crisis.
Similar signs went up in January with the cutoff date set for the end of February. The signs were removed last time shortly after they went up.
Not this time. They were still up Friday afternoon.
Water Works spokesman Vic Burchfield says the new date is not an extension.
“The Water Works has recognized the new ownership as of Dec. 28, 2018,” Burchfield said. “As a result of that, the clock has been reset on the payment. Currently, the status on the status on the account remains unchanged.”
Unchanged and unpaid.
The change of ownership has also complicated the amount due. The Water Works was originally trying to collect more than $130,000 in back bills and fines. About $105,000 is attributed to the previous owner.
The new owner, 2001 Torchhill Road LLC has not made a payment since closing on the property late last year.
The previous owners also owed the city more than $460,000 in back taxes for the last four years. The sale closed despite the huge tax bill.