MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Some Moss Point residents are working to help their senior neighbors who can't afford to pay their water bills. They collected cases of water Monday in hopes of getting more city leaders and citizens to tap into the needs of the community.
"I would rather help them than to do without water," BJ Williams said.
This summer, Mayor Billy Broomfield and the city decided to enforce the water policy for residents who didn't pay their water and gas bills on time, by shutting off their utilities. The move angered residents.
"I think it was an insensitive move. I think it was a move to make you accountable for paying their bills; it is needed in order to operate the city. It's not what he did; it's how he did it," resident Sharon Smith said.
Smith and several of the citizens at the water drive said since the enforcement, it has been difficult for many people living on a fixed income.
"We were informed by mostly caregivers of the seniors citizens, that their mothers and grandmothers and their significant loved ones had their water disconnected without any notice whatsoever."
According to some residents, the previous administration used to allow senior citizens and the disabled at least a two month grace period before being disconnected.
"We know they have to pay their bill this month, but good sense would allow the mayor to make some exceptions as they come in, as the seniors come in and ask for some allowances so they can catch their bill when their monthly check comes in," Smith said.
Charles Malone agrees, and donated a vanload of water to help.
"It seems like all the confusion in the city that seems like it has pushed the city together and say we are going to stand for what's right," Malone said.
The citizens plan to hand out the cases of donated water Saturday in Moss Point.
Officials said the enforcement has allowed the city to meet more financial obligations, and the water quality has gone up to the highest rating of 5.0.