Above-average water bills recently received by residents of Brooke Farm in Massachusetts are confusing residents and might be indications of a water leak or inaccurate meter reading.
The Crier reported Chuck Wing, resident of Brooke Farm, received his quarterly bill in April, which was more than double what he was charged for the first quarter of 2011. Last year, Wing paid $130, and this year the water provider was asking for $430. Even the president of Brooke Farm's homeowners' association said the water bill was too high, and other homeowners in the area had also complained about higher-than-normal bills for the quarter.
After calling the community's water provider, Wing was told the bill was higher because he used more water this past quarter. Wing did not agree that he used 230 percent more water in the last three months than he did a year prior, so he called a professional leak detection company to test his pipes for possible leaks, The Crier reported.
Many small business owners in Las Vegas, Nevada, are also being hit with above-average water bills. CBS affiliate KLAS reported a special hearing in Clark County was recently held, allowing several small business owners in the area air their grievances of high water bills distributed by the Southern Nevada Water Authority. The authority recently added a new usage fee to its bills, resulting in many consumers having to pay triple the amount they would have paid prior to the new fees.