A California woman has been ordered to pay a $16,000 water bill for roughly a month’s worth of service, and the utility billing department said her water rate jumped to more than 87,000 gallons a day and told her she needed to pay up. Margaret Kreusser said she usually pays about $115 a month.
According to NBC San Diego, the utility company said Kreusser must have had a leak on her property that averaged more than 87,000 gallons of water a day, but, that amount of water breaks down to more than 3,000 gallons an hour, 60 gallons a minute and one gallon a second. It’s essentially like dumping out three swimming pools onto Kreusser’s property every day.
Kreusser is a single woman, so it’s impossible for her to use so much water.
George Newman, a water works expert disagrees with the utility company, “That would blast out of the ground like you wouldn’t believe,” he said. “It might go 75, 80 feet high. There would be a sinkhole there you could put half a dozen busses in.”
Since then, the city has replaced the meter, and Kreusser has added new water pipes, and she says her water rate is back to normal, but the city said she still owes the $16,000. So now Kreusser is suing the city for more than $300,000.
The director at the Escondido Utility Billing Department will not comment because the case is going to court.
The utility company offered to lower Kreusser’s bill to $8,000. She said no.
Watch courtesy of NBC San Diego:
And you thought you had a bad day.
H/T: Raw Story.
* FON Admin Note: I’m curious, how much do you pay for utilities and if you don’t mind provide the state you live in.