HomeServe USA has been targeting customers of the Clifton Park Water Authority with mailings informing recipients of their responsibility for repairs to their water service lines, and encouraging them to purchase insurance coverage against potentially high repair costs. These mailings are not being sent by, or on behalf of the CPWA, and the Authority is only aware of the mailings as a result of customer calls inquiring about their content. An internet search of HomeServe USA turned up a link on the Better Business Bureau site at https://www.bbb.org/us/ct/norwalk/profile/water-and-sewer-line-protection/homeserve-usa-corp-0111-87067998. The CPWA would encourage anyone with questions about the mailing to visit this site. Customers of the CPWA are responsible for their water service lines from the curb stop (shutoff valve) in their front lawn to the house. It is possible that any necessary repairs to a water service line could cost several hundred dollars. Customers should check with their insurance carrier to see whether any such repairs would be covered under their homeowners policy before contemplating purchasing additional insurance. They should also closely examine any policy for water line insurance for coverage and exclusions, and how they would work in conjunction with existing insurance. The CPWA does not have any experience or information by which to judge the company or its offerings. We can only suggest that customers check the company's BBB Business Review at www.bbb.org, and do their homework before making any decision to purchase additional coverage.
A few years ago, the CPWA created an email alert system to notify customers in the event of an emergency. It was intended to provide the primary means of notification and while the system works well for customers who signed up early, it does not work well for those signed up later.
In order to avoid having our email notices flagged as spam, we are limited to sending out small packets of emails every 15 minutes. These are sent out in a sort of first in/first out order, in that the first packet of emails is sent to the customers who signed up for email alerts early on and the last packet is sent out to the customers who signed up very recently. The problem this creates is that many customers experience that their email notification isn't arriving for several hours from the intial posting. Some have stated that they didn't get the email until 7 hours after the alert was posted.
Many of our customers have expressed disappointment with our moving away from the email alert system. We can certainly understand how customers who were receiving those alerts in a timely manner are upset by this change, but we need to have an alert system that works for all customers, not just the relative few who signed up early.
Until we can find a better method of ensuring that all of our customers can receive timely emergency notifications, we will be using Facebook and Twitter. We will continue to post emergency alerts on our website and will use local media outlets or direct notification in the event of emergencies like boil-water advisories.
Customers are still encouraged to sign up for email alerts to receive other non-emergency notifications from the CPWA.
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