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downtown downer

Broussard, LA

#1 Nov 2, 2012
Water bill screwed up as all get out this month. It looks like I got double billed. Anybody else get one of these?
downtown downer

Broussard, LA

#2 Nov 2, 2012
Tried to call water dept. but only ever get recording. Called probably 20 times.

Since: Jun 12

Leesville, LA

#3 Nov 2, 2012
mine seems to be right this time. the first time in a while.you are going to have to go up there calling them does no good. they just let an answering machine they are there just don't answer there phones.
trichellerson

Deridder, LA

#4 Nov 2, 2012
Our water bill is nearly $90 this month! My husband, daughter and I do not go through that much water in a month and we do not have a leak... someone somewhere is screwing up and we have to foot the bill.
downtown downer

Broussard, LA

#5 Nov 2, 2012
Services in Leesville are pretty crummy in general. The cable TV is always going out. The electricity goes out at least once a month. The water mains break every month it seems like. The local cell provider seems pretty good. Garbage pick up is slow but usually done on the day its supposed to be. But those are minor. If you don't have any one of the really necessary things like water or electricity, and it happens almost every month, thats pretty bad.

These crazy water bills are especially aggravating though.
concerned

Lake Charles, LA

#6 Nov 2, 2012
I live in a 1-bathroom, 1 occupant house. Got a bill for 22,000 gallons of water,$124.00. That's more water than I normally use in TWO YEARS! Called the plumber, he can't find a leak, says it's the city's problem. Complained to the City and was told my meter was read correctly and if I didn't pay by the 15th, my water was gonna be turned off. Lady at the water office never reported my complaint to anybody higher up and next month, got a bill for 20,000 gallons,$106.00. Complained to city, got same response. So my water has been turned off at the meter since then, and I'm STILL getting a bill for 8,000 gallons a month! But the city refuses to work with me.
trichellerson wrote:
Our water bill is nearly $90 this month! My husband, daughter and I do not go through that much water in a month and we do not have a leak... someone somewhere is screwing up and we have to foot the bill.
downtown downer

Broussard, LA

#7 Nov 2, 2012
I am starting to think there is some kind of willful fraud being done to city residents where they have no process for having their complaints addressed so its like an easy way to get extra money for the city. I wonder if the mayor or some councilmen would help us out?
concerned

Westlake, LA

#8 Nov 2, 2012
If your councilman is Dowd or Elliott, you might get some help. The other council members, not so much.
downtown downer wrote:
I am starting to think there is some kind of willful fraud being done to city residents where they have no process for having their complaints addressed so its like an easy way to get extra money for the city. I wonder if the mayor or some councilmen would help us out?
ROUNDTUIT

Leesville, LA

#9 Nov 2, 2012
Iam sure either one fo those two will ask questions for you. Although they not get answers because they are being left out in the cold because they oppose Rose sometimes.
downtown downer

Broussard, LA

#10 Nov 3, 2012
22 thousand gallons sounds like it would fill up a really big swimming pool. Its over 7 hundred gallons a day. An average bathtub is maybe 40 gallons. A shower might use 10 gallons. I can't see a couple loads of wash being more than 10 or 20 gallons. Wash some dishes maybe another 10. If you do that everyday its like maybe a hundred gallons a day. Where does the other 8 hundred gallons come from? I think theres something crooked going on.
downtown downer

Broussard, LA

#11 Nov 3, 2012
Should be "the other 600 gallons" - my typo.
concerned

Lake Charles, LA

#12 Nov 3, 2012
As a matter of fact, when I called the plumber and told him my situation, the first thing he said was, Did you fill up a swimming pool? LOL!

If I had a leak of 700 gallons a day for 60 days, then there would at least be a wet spot in my yard or water running out from under my house or water in my house or some sign of it. The plumber couldn't find anyhing, and the City can't explain where the water is going either. They just shrug their shoulders and keep saying, The meter was read right, so you have to pay by the 15th.

The plumber recommended that I turn my water off at the meter when I wasn't using it. I did that, and I still get a monthly bill.
downtown downer wrote:
22 thousand gallons sounds like it would fill up a really big swimming pool. Its over 7 hundred gallons a day. An average bathtub is maybe 40 gallons. A shower might use 10 gallons. I can't see a couple loads of wash being more than 10 or 20 gallons. Wash some dishes maybe another 10. If you do that everyday its like maybe a hundred gallons a day. Where does the other 8 hundred gallons come from? I think theres something crooked going on.
downtown downer

Broussard, LA

#13 Nov 3, 2012
I wonder if the public service commission would have any say over a thing like this?
downtown downer

Broussard, LA

#14 Nov 3, 2012
I looked up the daily usage in America on eHow and it states that 70 gallons was the average per person. If theres 4 people then its 280 gallons. So thats a long way off from being charged for 700 gallons. If you double it to 560 it comes kind of close though. It still sounds suspicious to me.

http://www.ehow.com/facts_7208108_average-wat...
intheknow

Leesville, LA

#15 Nov 3, 2012
I have a neighbor that fought with city hall about his water bill. They eventually found that the meter serial number listed in the office was for his house was actually on a house down the street. There has been alot of this since the new water meters were installed plus they have had alot of issues with the new meters not reading correct. They just won't publicize it. I suggest calling the city adminstrator Courtney and explain the situation.w
downtown downer

Broussard, LA

#16 Nov 3, 2012
I guess no one tested or calibrated the new meters. And then its up to me to hassle with incorrect readings. Or else I just give up after a lot of hassle and no results and just pay the bill like they want me to. I can see it coming. What a city to live in.
havemercy

Leesville, LA

#17 Nov 4, 2012
When the idiots voted to raise the water rates none of you attended the council meeting to protest and speak against the robbery. All council members voted against their neighbors, you and me. This is what bothers me, we are dying to get someone off a civil service board, but we are doing nothing to recall a dictator and his regime, the council. Just wait until they borrow 18 million dollars on this water piggybank. They are going to steal the money and the poor citizens of Leesville will have to pay this money back for 30 years. Watch and see. But me, I am going to tell the council, no, we don't want the burden of paying back 18 million dollars,.
Luckypants

United States

#18 Nov 4, 2012
I use far more water than you guys for washing my cars and my irrigation system, and I don't turn off my water when I brush my teeth. I always use the rinse cycle, and if I hear it cut off, I run go turn it on again. But my water bill is no more than you guy's. But that's how it should be, I shouldn't have to pay more for public facilities than anyone else just because I happily use more. It's the Obama way. Quit whining and pay up!
havemercy

Leesville, LA

#19 Nov 4, 2012
You think about this. Robert Rose had an ole stupid auditor to tell a lie about the city was losing $3.03 per customer and they had to increase the rates to close some bullcorn deficit. Those unthoughtful critters raised the rates on the poor citizens at a time when water was running all over the city and out the ground. Water everywhere. Wasted water everywhere, and the poor citizen was made to pay for it. Ah darn shame! We need to get those people out of office, if we don't care, we can do it for the sake of 'our children and grandchildren'. Our city is a mess and I continue to believe, "we can do better and deserves better."
downtown downer

Broussard, LA

#20 Nov 4, 2012
You are right, havemercy, I didn't go to the council meeting. At the time I thought they were going to use the extra funds to fix all the leaks around town and I thought that was a good idea. So I said to myself, I can afford to pay a little more to do that, that is a good thing. Only it never happened. The same places that were leaking then are still leaking now and there are even more. I am embarrassed. It is such a waste.

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