City of Houston

Public Works Department Grants Federal Workers Grace Period On Water Bill Payments

They will also be entitled to extended payment plan arrangements for water bills that are overdue for more than 60 days.

The City of Houston’s Public Works Department is granting federal workers a grace period for payments of water bills.

The City of Houston announced Wednesday its Public Works Department will grant 30-day extensions for water bill payments to federal workers impacted by the partial government shutdown.

Federal workers who pay City water bills should call 713-371-1400 to receive a 30-day extension of their payment deadline without penalties or interest charges. They will get instructions by phone about how to fax or e-mail required proof of their employment by the federal government.

Federal workers will also be entitled to extended payment plan arrangements for water bills that are overdue for more than 60 days.

Mayor Sylvester Turner said granting the grace period “is the least we can do to help while we have an ordinance that prohibits waiving of fees.”

The City is also working with the non-profit organization Houston Relief Hub to provide federal workers in need. You can check out a comprehensive list of resources here.

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