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Tenant Fighting $2500 Water Bill

The Village of Bellevue estimates the average homeowner uses roughly 15,000 gallons of water every three months.

Nick Perreault spoke with one resident who's statement said he used 10 times that amount, but he says that's not possible, because at the time the house was vacant.

Bob Roush rented out his grandmother's house for a year and says his water bills were high, but not this high.

"A $2,500 dollar bill, it's just like what are you doing,is this a scandal, it's ridiculous," said Bob Roush.

Especially when the house has been empty since October, when he moved out.

Since October, the city says 155,000 gallons of water were used within that home.

"I don't know how it was used, but the meter does say that it was used," said Village Manager Travis Brininstool.

Travis Brininstool has been with the village for 12 years and says he has never seen a meter read that far off, so they took another look Friday.

"We didn't see what the meter said, but he said it was a match," Roush said.

Meaning roughly 140,000 gallons more than normal were used, possibly because of a leak.

The village told Bob Roush the most common spot for leaks is in the bathroom near the toilet, a simple eighth of an inch crack could result in 36,000 gallons of water lost per day.

But Roush checked and didn't find any cracks in the bathroom or the basement, but the village says he still has to pay.

"I'm concerned about everybody else in the village, they ought to look at their bills and see if it went up, went down, what's going on, because I believe everybody is getting it," Roush said.

The village says its only option at this point is to check the meter to make sure its working properly.

"But unfortunately if the meter comes back good, I do have to bill for what it says because we are not allowed to give free service," Brininstool said.

A service that Roush say's he didn't use.

He has until February to find out what happened or else he'll be stuck with the bill.

The Roush's have contacted the governor's office which says the case has been sent to the attorney general's office to be reviewed.



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