CHICAGO
10/09/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Unpaid Water Bills Soar

Hard times have contributed to a 70 percent rise in the number of delinquent water bills, city water officials say.

The Department of Water Management says the increase is likely related to the lagging economy. Spokesman Tom LaPorte says customers often put off paying water bills when other expenses are rising.

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