Renter racks up $105,000 water bill after allegedly using 9 million gallons in a month
POSTED: Monday, May 27, 2013 - 11:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 27, 2013 - 11:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — It's always a shock when a monthly bill is higher than expected, but more than $100,000 than usual?
That's what happened to an Arizona renter this month.
The city of Flagstaff says a single home used nine million gallons of water, the equivalent of leaving an average shower running for over six years.
That translates to a $105,000 water bill.
Another nearby home recently racked up a $16,000 bill.
According to Flagstaff city communication administrator Kim Ott, the city's water meter readings are done manually for the most part, and after meters are read it can take up to two more weeks before data is put in the system.
That's the first time any unusual readings are detected, which means if you had a leak start the day after your meter was read, and there were no visual sings of the leak - it could take up to six weeks before anyone would notice.