Y2K Bug Strikes Iowa Water Bills

Y2K bugs bit the West Des Moines Water Works last week, making due dates on customer bills read "January 3, 1900."

However, monthly charges weren't affected, nor was anyone's water supply, the Iowa company confirmed.

Corrected statements were mailed to customers late last week, "but you could pay the first bill and be fine," a spokeswoman said.

A published report that the water company charged its year 2000 consultant with the cost of the second customer mailing couldn't be confirmed.

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