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Old 06-21-2011, 07:17 PM
 
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I live in Tampa on a small lot with a house and NO POOL.
For the past five years our water bill was about $100 average.
I think the highest was just less than $200.

Four months ago I replaced some sod in the back yard and we had to use the sprinklers a bit more on three zones to help it get started and this was okay per the water dept. It is a small back yard.

Yesterday we received a big one= $1515 bill. It said that in May we used 216,000 gallons. This is crazy. I think it is the same as 7000 gallons a day or 12 swimming pools filled completely.

They said it is on ourside of the meter so I should call a plumber.
I did and they were out today and found just one drip in a shower head and no leaks. I am not sure what to do next?

I have read that sometimes they delay the readings so they can tier your payment on a catch up basis and you have to pay as much as 9 times as much on the level used. Any ideas on how I should get this resolved without complications or a major battle? I have four kids and this is a big deal to me.
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Wow - that's outrageous. Good luck. I wonder what your neighbors are paying and if they're having the same issue.
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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If you live in the city of tampa, you are screwed, there have been reports of this stuff going on for months, google it.
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:45 PM
 
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The city needs to make money since home taxes have come down. Just a way to rip people off.
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:52 PM
 
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I have been hearing of this w/ electric also in other areas. I mean that is just plain crazy. You would have to have some massive leakage. This may become a legal issue because they kinda have you over a barrel.
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:57 PM
 
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When we replaced sod in our small front yard 2 years ago we watered a lot for 2 months. Our normal bill was $70 and it was $300 for those 2 months. Perhaps they were estimating your bill for a few months and finally did a true reading so you're having to catch up. That happens in Pasco every once in a while. So the bill might be for a few months of extra usage, not just one.
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:58 PM
 
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I live in Tampa on a small lot with a house and NO POOL.
For the past five years our water bill was about $100 average.
I think the highest was just less than $200.

Four months ago I replaced some sod in the back yard and we had to use the sprinklers a bit more on three zones to help it get started and this was okay per the water dept. It is a small back yard.

Yesterday we received a big one= $1515 bill. It said that in May we used 216,000 gallons. This is crazy. I think it is the same as 7000 gallons a day or 12 swimming pools filled completely.

They said it is on ourside of the meter so I should call a plumber.
I did and they were out today and found just one drip in a shower head and no leaks. I am not sure what to do next?

I have read that sometimes they delay the readings so they can tier your payment on a catch up basis and you have to pay as much as 9 times as much on the level used. Any ideas on how I should get this resolved without complications or a major battle? I have four kids and this is a big deal to me.
If you have a leak under your slab you have to call a special company to detect it, not a plumber. We had a leak under the slab but it was a pinhole and the bill was higher but nothing on that level. I have had main lines burst on older properties with bills of $800.00. Has that happened to you? It would have to be something like that for that kind of bill. Did your sprinkler lines burst? I never trust those irrigation systems.

Good luck.
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Old 06-22-2011, 05:56 AM
 
Location: New Port Richey
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There is a small red triangle usually on top or beside the needle inside the meter housing, if it is moving and no one is running the water then you have a leak somewhere. Call me at 727-856-7791 and I will be more than happy to tell you what to look for and I also have a leak detection guy in Tampa.
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:54 AM
 
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Go to small claims court and fight the bill...make sure you have all the proof you need.
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