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(WJHL Tri-Cities)   Woman turns off her water. Gets $3k water bill   (wjhl.com) divider line 15
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2014-01-09 02:38:32 PM
4 votes:
Meter readers read the meter. That's it. They don't know your average use or care. They don't do some analysis and leave a note on your door.
2014-01-09 02:55:06 PM
2 votes:

umrdyldo: $3,000 at $7/1k gallons = 428,000 gallons.  57,000 cu ft   238 ft cube.

Where did that go in a month?


Into the giant sinkhole that's probably forming under her house.
2014-01-09 02:09:49 PM
2 votes:

Lando Lincoln: Normally one is charged for the amount of water that the city has to process back into drinking water (the stuff that flows down your sewer line). This is why when you're filling a swimming pool you contact the water department so you don't get a giant water bill. So I'm not sure why she would have to pay this bill.


Where you live must be VERY different than here.  The water company here will not give you free water for your pool (knowing someone in the local VFD is a handy workaround) and until the put in the prison a decade or so ago nobody had sewage at all.
2014-01-09 08:09:09 PM
1 votes:

umrdyldo: $3,000 at $7/1k gallons = 428,000 gallons.  57,000 cu ft   238 ft cube.

Where did that go in a month?


Think you got that cube size wrong. Closer to 37 feet on a side.
2014-01-09 03:54:16 PM
1 votes:

Well I use Mac/Linux...: Instead I got billed for $710, which they just took out of my account (Was enrolled in auto pay, not anymore though)


This is why you never allow access (pull payment) for direct payments. Ever.

Always push payments. It's free with my bank and 90% of the payments are EFT with no fees, if they have to send a check, it's free.
2014-01-09 03:24:41 PM
1 votes:

big pig peaches: So where did the $3k bill come from?



the water company.


:)
2014-01-09 02:53:15 PM
1 votes:

BizarreMan: How do you have that much water leak and not know immediately?


If it leaked under my crawlspace I probably wouldn't know. I don't exactly spend a lot of time under there and the drainage on my property is probably good enough that a fairly serious leak could go undetected for quite some time if it were in the right (or wrong) place.

Hell, the seal on my kitchen sink handle went and I didn't notice that it was leaking down the inside of the handle and into the cupboard below the sink for a couple days when the musty smell tipped me off, and I'm in my kitchen every day. Just not under the sink very often.
2014-01-09 02:49:45 PM
1 votes:

BizarreMan: How do you have that much water leak and not know immediately?

2014-01-09 02:49:12 PM
1 votes:

nekom: Lando Lincoln: Normally one is charged for the amount of water that the city has to process back into drinking water (the stuff that flows down your sewer line). This is why when you're filling a swimming pool you contact the water department so you don't get a giant water bill. So I'm not sure why she would have to pay this bill.

Where you live must be VERY different than here.  The water company here will not give you free water for your pool (knowing someone in the local VFD is a handy workaround) and until the put in the prison a decade or so ago nobody had sewage at all.


Not free water, but water without the added surcharge of sewer.   I was going to fill my pool and the water company said "Take a reading before and after you fill the pool and let us know" so they didn't charge me for 45Kgal of water + 45Kgal of sewer, just 45Kgal of water.

/Never filled the pool.  Drought.
//50 x 24 pool with a 14 ft diving well, never once swam in it.  *sigh*
2014-01-09 02:48:19 PM
1 votes:
Using my city's water rates (.70 per 1000 for the first 3000 gallons, 1.89 per thousand after that) this lady got billed for 1,589,000 gallons. Can a typical residential line even have that flow out of it in the course of a month?
2014-01-09 02:46:50 PM
1 votes:
well, this sucks.  but, let's not age discriminate here.
2014-01-09 02:46:02 PM
1 votes:

Well I use Mac/Linux...: I cancelled my TV service two months ago, which should have knocked my cable/internet bill down from $170 to $60.  Instead I got billed for $710, which they just took out of my account (Was enrolled in auto pay, not anymore though).  That was a lovely surprise.  Thank goodness I had the money in that account to cover it.  I doubt they would have offered to pay for any overdraft fees.


Sue them for 710 million for wire fraud and theft
2014-01-09 02:38:30 PM
1 votes:

Lando Lincoln: Normally one is charged for the amount of water that the city has to process back into drinking water (the stuff that flows down your sewer line). This is why when you're filling a swimming pool you contact the water department so you don't get a giant water bill. So I'm not sure why she would have to pay this bill.


Where I live they bill you for delivery and removal.
2014-01-09 02:34:09 PM
1 votes:

xanadian: I guess it depends on the state and town, but where was the demarc for the water line?  I'm guessing AFTER the meter and the homeowner is responsible, like most places.

Anyway...good luck, lady.


In delawn.
2014-01-09 02:07:30 PM
1 votes:
Normally one is charged for the amount of water that the city has to process back into drinking water (the stuff that flows down your sewer line). This is why when you're filling a swimming pool you contact the water department so you don't get a giant water bill. So I'm not sure why she would have to pay this bill.
 
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