JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - The Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) extended the suspension of utility disconnections to May 26.
The PSC passed an order on March 15 temporarily suspending disconnections of certain utility services for 60 days, including water, sewer, electricity and natural gas services.
The PSC passed the order one day after Gov. Tate Reeves declared a State of Emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“As a result of work place closures and the need to maintain healthy home environments, the Commission recognized that any loss of essential utility services would challenge the ability of families to safely shelter at home,” Commissioner Brent Bailey said. “However, as Mississippi’s economy begins to reopen, we must also allow utilities to take steps towards normal operations.”
On Tuesday the PSC extended the suspension order to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26.
This extra time will allow customers to contact their utility companies and work out any payment plans going forward, Bailey said.
“We implore customers to take action and contact their utility companies to avoid disruption to their services following the expiration of this extension,” Bailey said.