Residents of Westminster Apartments avoid losing water service as apartment pays past due bill

TULSA - The owner of an apartment complex in Tulsa ponied up thousands of dollars to ensure their renters didn't lose water service.

Residents at Westminster Apartments received cutoff notices last Thursday, saying their complex had a past due water bill of $26,004.82 and a total bill of $43,421.50. They were looking at losing service as early as Aug. 1.

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"I was like 'wow!' The first is any day now," said Angela Thomas, a Westminster resident. "It is coming soon and I was just trying to figure out what was going on. We were just discussing it together that it is not fair for our water to get cut off."

Initially apartment management denied the past due account and even posted a sign on the manager's door Friday that read:  "Water notice is not for this property. This is a discrepancy on their end. Please disregard. Your water will not be shut off."

Later management told 2NEWS a check was written for the full amount and would be handed over to the city of Tulsa Monday.

On Monday, city spokeswoman Lara Weber told 2NEWS the city's utilities office received a check from the complex earlier in the day for water services. The account is no longer considered to have a past due balance and is considered in "good standing" with the city, said Weber. 

Westminster Apartments has 460 units, all of which would have lost service had the city of Tulsa not received payment.

Westminster's management contends the cause of the billing problem is a result of not being able to update their corporate office's billing address after it moved. Management says they've made the request multiple times.

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