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$8,000 water bill reduced to $190

June 22, 2010 at 2:16 PM

BALTIMORE, June 22 (UPI) -- A Baltimore woman who received two water bills totaling nearly $8,000 said the city has agreed to reduce the fee to a more usual $190.

Geraldine Price said this past winter she received two bills far beyond her usual $63-$74 range, one for $1,900 and one for $6,000, and city officials agreed to meet with her to investigate the charges, WBAL-TV, Baltimore, reported Tuesday.

Officials said its investigation was delayed by record snowstorms during the winter and investigators still do not know what caused the charges, which they said were enough to fill a swimming pool, but it may have been related to leaky toilet that has since been fixed.

"The lesson to be learned is to check your plumbing periodically. There are dye kits that you can put in the tank of your toilet to see if there's some kind of slow run," Department of Public Works spokesman Kurt Kocher said.

City officials said they decided on $190 total for the two bills based on previous billing periods.

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