Russian town's hot water turned off

July 13, 2012 at 10:08 AM

BAIKALSK, Russia, July 13 (UPI) -- A mill turned off the hot water supply to Baikalsk in southern Russia because the town has failed to pay bills amounting to $1.3 million, officials said.

Utility companies in Baikalsk, a community of 14,000, have failed to pay the Baikal paper and pulp mill, which manages the city's heat supply system, RIA Novosti reported Friday.

A statement from the mill said it was running low on coal and had to turn off either its own production or the heat supply system.

The mill said its own likely bankruptcy could have been a factor in the town's decision to not pay its debts.

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