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Electrical District 3 announced Thursday that the rates for 2018 will decrease by an average of 2 percent.

MARICOPA — Arizona Public Service Co. and Electrical District No. 3, which provides power to Maricopa and the surrounding area, joined other utility companies from around the country in announcing leniency for customers during a time of economic uncertainty.

In a press release, ED-3 said it will be suspending power shutoffs for both residential and commercial customers who might fall behind on payments and will be waiving late fees while communities react to the current health crisis. The utility also asked customers not to visit its offices if they do not have to, particularly if they are feeling ill.

ED-3 will also be offering financial arrangements for those who need assistance paying their bills. There will be several options available to customers who need them.

As closures and other restrictions continue to grow rapidly around the country, utility companies have recognized that many people might be out of work or not receiving their full income due to the unforeseen circumstances surrounding the COVID-19, or coronavirus, pandemic.

APS, Arizona’s largest power utility, also announced Tuesday that it would not be conducting shut-offs or implementing late fees during this time.

Both electricity providers do not anticipate any interruptions to their power supplies.

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