The Town of Drumheller is taking steps to keep from being cheated by deadbeat renters who walk out on their water bills.
 
"It's the midnight moves; people are moving out of their homes that they had rented and they were leaving large utiility bills," explained mayor Terry Yemen. "The town never had any way of recouping that money, so this bill will give the town the ability to recoup some of that."
 
"It'll be a contract with the actual property owner instead of the renter," outlined the mayor. "If the property owner wants, he can ask and have a duplicate bill sent to his house too or when it goes into arrears, after two months he'll be notified that the renter has not been paying the utilities."
 
A report presented to town council on February 6 stated unpaid water and sewer accounts cost taxpayers $24,000 in 2016.
 
"This bylaw is where you talk about low flow toilets (and) what actually you can put into the sewer system; we've never spelled that out before," added Yemen. "This is all encompassing: it'll explain to everybody what is allowed to go into the wastewater system."
 
The new bylaw was given first reading by councillors. It will be advertised for two weeks before it returns to council for second and third readings.
 
 
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