CORONAVIRUS

Utility disconnections in Iowa can resume May 28

Exception will be made for those with positive coronavirus test

Geri Huser reads an introduction before Nick Wagner reads the board's decision at the Iowa Utilities Board in Des Moines
Geri Huser reads an introduction before Nick Wagner reads the board’s decision at the Iowa Utilities Board in Des Moines on Thurs. Mar. 10, 2016. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

Utility disconnections can resume as early as May 28 under a set of conditions, the Iowa Utilities Board has announced.

Municipally owned utilities can start disconnections May 28. Investor-owned utilities can start July 1, the board decided Wednesday evening.

If a customer already has received a 12-day disconnection notice, utilities must issue another seven-day disconnection notice. Utilities don’t need to wait for May 28 to issue the notice, though.

Exceptions remain in place for anyone who is quarantined after testing positive for coronavirus. Anyone with a “health condition that requires the use of electric or natural gas service” also is exempt.

The Iowa Utilities Board issued an order March 27 to prohibit utility disconnections as long as Gov. Kim Reynolds’ emergency order was in place. Reynolds’ order is set to expire May 27.

The board does not oversee municipal water utilities, but the Iowa Utilities Board order encouraged those utilities to not disconnect water service yet to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

l Comments: john.steppe@thegazette.com

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