Trump Stiffs White House Water Bill – Service Provider Takes Action

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There is now pretty concrete evidence that Mr. Trump is running the country exactly like he ran his businesses – into the ground. Now, three weeks into a government shutdown, thousands of government employees are not getting a paycheck, but the president’s primary concern is getting the people to pay for a useless $5.6 billion wall that the majority of people do not support.

Now, it has been reported that the Trump Administration isn’t even paying the bills at the White House. On Tuesday, it was reported that the federal government did not pay $5 million of its $16.5 million quarterly water bill.

According to WAMU 88.5:

‘The government is the largest water customer in the city, and because of the ongoing federal shutdown, its water bill is past due. The large unpaid bill left DC Water officials wondering what their options are, and whether turning off water to the White House is among them.’

Matthew Brown, chief financial officer at DC Water said at the water authority’s first board meeting of the year:

‘We received an email Wednesday, January 2, from an individual at the bureau of fiscal services at the treasury.’

He then went on to tell them that the federal government would not be paying $5 million of its quarterly water bill. Water board chairman Tommy Wells said:

‘That brings up an interesting question. Is there a time from nonpayment when we cut someone’s water off?’

Another board member piped up and asked:

‘1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, is that what you’re talking about?’

According to the Code of the District of Columbia:

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‘Under D.C. law, the water authority may shut off water to a customer for nonpayment after 30 days. After 60 days, a lien can be placed on the property in question, until full payment is made. Residential customers are charged a 10 percent fee for late payment (plus a $100 shut-off fee if water service has been turned off).’

So there is a question as to whether or not the water company would actually cut off water to the White House. DC Water spokesperson Vincent Morris said:

‘Conceivably, DC Water can shut off service for nonpayment to any customer. We don’t do it very often, it’s a last resort, we never want to do it.’

Morris said that typically the company reaches out to customers to draw up a payment plan before cutting off their water. He said:

‘Obviously, for things like the General Services Administration for the federal government it’s a slightly different process, because we know they’re good for the money, it’s just a question of when it’s actually going to be transferred.’

Chairman Tommy Wells asked:

‘How long can we carry the federal government before it creates a fiscal weakness to the enterprise?’

CFO, Matthew Brown answered:

‘It would probably be, just off the top of my head, approximately a year before it begins to be a real problem. That would be a shortfall of about $20 million dollars, and we would have to have a conversation about how to move forward.’

DC Water was asked if the company might use the threat of a water shutoff to help broker a deal between the White House and Congress. Brown responded that it was “an interesting idea.”

Twitter also had something to say:

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