Homeowner’s Nightmare: A $27,000 Water Bill in Baltimore

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Photo by Ángelo González
Photo by Ángelo González

I don’t what nightmare house I would rather buy, that one in Annapolis infest with snakes, or this one in Baltimore with an elusive water leak that turned into a $27,000 water bill. (Well, I guess I would pick the second one, because I’d want to live in Baltimore.)

Two weeks after Jared Brashears bought his Baltimore home in July 2010, he received a water bill for $1,400, ABC2 reports. Brashears contacted the Department of Public Works but it was six months before he could be seen. In the meantime, he said his bill went up “about $1,500” every three months.

Thousands of dollars in futile plumbing repairs later and Brashears’s water bill had reached $27,000.

Brashears told ABC2 that just this year he learned that the leak was under his front yard and not in his house and he had previously believed. He fixed the primary problem, but was stuck with an unpayable balance until he took his story to the news media. After that, the DPW adjusted his bill down to $8,000.

Point being, man, that sounds terrible.



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