PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – City officials are urging Philadelphians with delinquent water bills to pay up or risk having their water shut off.

According to a release from the City, the end of the winter moratorium for shut-offs is March 31st. Beginning April 1st, those with past due bills of $75 or more and are past due two or more billing periods may have their water turned off.

Of course, there are options. Residents can enter into a payment agreement by calling the Water Revenue Department at 215-686-6880 or by visiting the office at 1401 JFK Boulevard on the Councourse Level until 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Those who need help paying their bills can also apply for several assistance programs including , the Senior Citizen Discount, the Utility emergency Services Fund (UESF) and CRISIS.

“It’s very important that water customers who may be facing shut-off contact us immediately,” says Clarena I.W. Tolson, Chief Collections Officer and Revenue Commissioner. “We don’t want anyone to be inconvenienced, especially since there are assistance programs available.”

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