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Water bill spikes in Adams County

Posted at 8:55 PM, Sep 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-29 22:55:43-04

Homeowners in Adams County told 7NEWS they have seen massive spikes in their water bills, some reaching $1,000 or more.

Now, homeowners want to know just how their bills can double, or even triple, in just a few weeks.

"It's kinda hard to go through 44,000 gallons in a month," one Henderson homeowner said.

But his water bill shows he did. 

"The bill this month was $410. And normally they run about $120 because we run our sprinklers a lot."

That is enough water to fill a backyard swimming pool three times. The only problem is that he does not have a pool. And now he is stuck paying that bill.

But he is not the only one. A woman sent 7NEWS her water bill totaling over $1,000 for one month.

This has really taken off on social media on the Reunion community Facebook page, where there are over 300 comments of people saying their water bill has spiked from last month to this one.

So we took those questions to South Adams County Water.

"We've looked at our meters, we've looked at our systems and we haven't seen anything on our side. So that leads us to believe that it's isolated incidents based on a leak or increased use for some reason or another," Blair Corning of the Water District told 7NEWS reporter Jason Gruenauer.

As for those customers now? They have to pay up.

"If that water goes through the meter, we have to account for that. We have to recoup our cost, we don't make a profit, but we have to keep it fair throughout the system by charging for the water that's gone through the meter," Corning added.

If customers have any problems with their bill or think they have a problem with their meter, they should call the Water District immediately.

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