PHILIPSBURG–Six weeks after Hurricane Irma hit St. Maarten, utilities company GEBE has resumed reading of meters.
The company says the current billing cycle is a combined bill of consumption: August through October.
Due to the level of devastation by the hurricane, GEBE said it had been unable to conduct meter-reading during September. The reading/last billing cycle per district took place during August.
Current bills will reflect the usage as of the last reading in August up to September 6, 2017, and then from the moment power and water were restored until the reading in October. For clients still without power and water, the current reading as of October will be what the meter registered last on September 6, before turning off the power and water.
Following the passage of Hurricane Irma, GEBE said its main focus was restoration of electricity and water throughout the island. The company’s infrastructure and energy distribution system suffered great damage, it was stated in a press release on Tuesday.
“GEBE managed to restore power to the first district one week after Hurricane Irma. Week by week districts are being powered up along with the restoration of water,” GEBE said.
GEBE said it understands the situation of many of its clients and therefore will be offering a payment arrangement for those clients in need. Clients can send an e-mail to
[email protected] or visit the Customer Service Desk in the management offices in Philipsburg for information (but not to make payments).