In a hilarious example of karma, Donald Trump might actually get his water turned off at the White House — all thanks to his shutdown.
Apparently, the water bill for the government is past due, and that’s all because of Trump’s bright idea to shut down the federal government. Considering that the government is the biggest water customer in DC, DC Water officials are actually contemplating whether or not they can turn off water in the White House in response to the unpaid bill!
Matthew Brown, the chief financial officer at DC Water, explained:
We received an email Wednesday, January 2, from an individual at the bureau of fiscal services at the treasury.”
That email said: the federal government would not be paying $5 million of its $16.5 million quarterly water bill. DC Water board chairman Tommy Wells responded to this, asking:
That brings up an interesting question. Is there a time from nonpayment when we cut someone’s water off?”
That’s when another board member brought up the White House and the entire room erupted in laughter:
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, is that what you’re talking about?”
We’re sure Trump is regretting his government shutdown even more now that this is on the table. According to D.C. law, DC Water can actually turn off water to its customers if they do not pay after 30 days. Once 60 days have passed, a lien can be put on the property until the full payment is made. There are also fees associated with the lateness as well.
Once again, Trump’s moronic shutdown is putting everyone in a terrible position. Not only are the unpaid federal workers struggling to make ends meet, but DC Water now must contemplate a course of action. DC Water spokesperson Vincent Morris said:
Conceivably, DC Water can shut off service for nonpayment to any customer. We don’t do it very often, it’s a last resort, we never want to do it. Obviously, for things like the General Services Administration for the federal government it’s a slightly different process, because we know they’re good for the money, it’s just a question of when it’s actually going to be transferred.”
Chairman Tommy Wells also expressed concerns about letting the White House slide at a recent board meeting:
How long can we carry the federal government before it creates a fiscal weakness to the enterprise?”
CFO Matthew Brown said:
It would probably be, just off the top of my head, approximately a year before it begins to be a real problem. That would be a shortfall of about $20 million dollars, and we would have to have a conversation about how to move forward.”
Considering that Trump is currently threatening to keep the government closed for “months or even years” if he can’t get funding for his racist wall, this might actually happen — and then Trump will have humiliated America’s government even further. DC Water isn’t crossing out the idea of a water shutoff, either. Morris called the concept an “interesting idea” and said:
Water is leverage. No one wants to go without it.”
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