Another Outrageous Danville Water Bill

By: Renee Charles Email
By: Renee Charles Email

Earlier this month we told you about a Danville family that received an $8000 water bill. Today a Boyle County woman says she too received an outrageous bill.

Pamela Moss was surprised when she got a call in January from the city of Danville about her water bill. "They told me I may have a leak on the property. And they asked if I wanted to know how much and if I was sitting down." They told her the bill was nearly three thousand dollars.

And as you can imagine she was stunned.

They said if she fixed the leak they'd adjust the bill. So she called a plumber right away. He found a pinhole leak and fixed it but also commented that the bill shows an awful lot of water used and it's hard to believe that a small leak like that could spin out that much water and you don't see the water anywhere.

Her bill shows over one hundred ten thousand gallons of water was used. With over 100 thousand gallons of water leaking you'd think you'd see some remnants of it. Mayor Coomer says not necessarily.
He says the geological make up of this area is cavernous and it's plausible the water could have seeped into underground caves or something.

Mayor Coomer agrees this bill is outrageous but says the city is a business and it can't just give things away but they will work with people in this situation.

They did adjust her bill to $1300 but she says she still can't pay that kind of a bill.

Moss says it would help if the city checked the water meters every month instead of every other. This way if there was a leak or a problem it would be noticed sooner.

The mayor says now that there are two bills for thousands of dollars the city may need to rethink the policy and ordinance that's in place.

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  • by not buying it Location: east,ky on Mar 2, 2008 at 06:23 PM
    sounds to me like the water company is trying to cover their own mistake by letting someone else pay for it.
  • by Mom Location: KY on Mar 1, 2008 at 09:00 PM
    Maybe the "or something" is cavernous pockets! LOL
  • by Stacy Location: Danville on Mar 1, 2008 at 02:08 PM
    Well it is not surprising RECC charges a arm and and a leg for electric why not the water company charge the same. The rich get richer and usually it involves a business who likes taking people. I personally would not pay it. Turn it off
  • by me me me Location: Frankfort on Mar 1, 2008 at 11:09 AM
    Maybe there is something more going on in that town. Maybe someone is stealing $$ and they are saying that the customers have high water bills to cover up the theft. I think that there needs to be some type of investigating from an outside source. Sometimes when people steal, they jack up prices other places in the "business" to cover up. Maybe someone in the "business" has a gambling or drug problem. I think there needs to be more investigating here. there is a small town near by that the fire dept. employee was using the city credit card for his own personal gas usage for his business. They just smeard that over to other departments to make up the slack. See what I'm saying?
  • by Wow Location: RIchmond on Feb 29, 2008 at 09:48 PM
    My brother had an old trailer back in 2005 and the water line broke not only behind his washer but under his kitchen sink soon after. Both times he was on the road (trucker) for nearly 3weeks before he found his floors flooded and turned off the main. The 1st bill for about $800 was knocked down to his regular amount for 1 time only in his life they said. The second cost him $300 out of pocket. So anything more than 2,000 for 2 months is highly excessive.
  • by Randall Location: Pineville on Feb 29, 2008 at 01:24 PM
    For a pinhole leak, no way this much water is going anywhere. Ask the water company how many gallons of water they lose each month from leaks within their system. You can bet its way more than any individual is consuming. Does management want that bill taken out of their pay?
  • by Pamela Location: Hburg ky on Feb 29, 2008 at 10:09 AM
    It sounds very odd that two people have had such a large water bill. when I lived at home (on the farm) our break away spicket came lose and the water company was there in 45 minutes checking for water leaks.
  • by Joey Location: KY on Feb 29, 2008 at 09:02 AM
    The really sad part about all this is that we are paying for water, something that nobody owns. I can understand the filtration plant, but someone is getting rich and it ain't me.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 29, 2008 at 08:25 AM
    My heating bill has been really high the past few months. I think I have a leak, that means I don't have to pay for it, right?
  • by Scott Location: Lexington on Feb 29, 2008 at 08:17 AM
    "He says the geological make up of this area is cavernous and it's plausible the water could have seeped into underground caves or something." After reading this article, I am just very curious (what the whatever word you wanna use) is the OR SOMETHING? could the or something be that the city went to the persons house and while they were working tapped into her water supply and WASHED EVER AUTO IN A TRI-COUNTY AREA? oh wait i think i know, they are pumping it into Herrington Lake. this is ridiculous, what is the next bill that we see in the news? 15 thousand and the city will go well we not know but there is a leak and you need to fix it but we can only knock off 1 thousand dollars. I am waiting for the day lex does something as stupid as this.
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