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Woman receives $3,000 water bill due to leak under house

There are 10 comments on the Examiner.com story from Jan 14, 2014, titled Woman receives $3,000 water bill due to leak under house. In it, Examiner.com reports that:

A woman in Rogersville, Tennessee was shocked when she opened up her water bill.

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Kingsport, TN

#1 Jan 14, 2014
My understanding is her bill gradually went up over a period of 3 months. After the first month of a higher bill than she was used to, she should have had a plumber come out and do some checking. This is what a normal person would do. I believe she owes this money and am glad the Persia Water Dept. are going to make her pay it.

Kingsport, TN

#2 Jan 14, 2014
This is an incredible amount of water. To use that much in a month means it wasn't a leak - it was pipes under the house that burst when we had the first freeze.

If this was the house she lives in, she would have noticed a dramatic decrease in water pressure due to the leak.

Either she was not paying any attention at all, or this was a trailer or secondary house that she wasn't using.

When we get freezes, if you have a house with pipes in an area that freezes, you MUST do something about it. If you do nothing this will happen. This woman is 78 so she has lived long enough to know about this.

You can wrap the pipes with heating tape. You can have an enclosure with a light bulb. If you have central heat with ducts under the house, you can make sure the heat is not turned off. And you can let the faucets drip during especially cold weather so the pipes don't freeze.

After every big freeze and thaw you should also check the pipes under the house.

Any time the water pressure goes down after a freeze, you must be sure to check under the house immediately.

Kingsport, TN

#3 Jan 15, 2014
Anyway it seems someone paid it for her.


The water department had arranged she only had to pay $100 extra a month for the next 30 months, but she was complaining about that and claiming, wrongly, that it was the water company's fault.

Kingsport, TN

#4 Jan 15, 2014
Are you coming to work today Handyman?

Since: Aug 08

Kingsport, TN

#5 Jan 18, 2014
Yeah handyman she has lived long enough to know that do you know her? She is almost 80 for crying out loud is she totally lucid?

Since: Aug 08

Kingsport, TN

#7 Jan 18, 2014
My gosh for $3000 she should have had a lake somewhere.

Kingsport, TN

#8 Jan 18, 2014
If she is as mentally incapacitated as moonshinegrrl suggests she is, she is a danger to herself and belongs in a home.

I don't believe for a moment that is the case though, and it is rather rude to be making such an accusation against her since there is no evidence of it. Moonshinegrrl is just tossing out stuff.

Let's say she is completely demented though and as a result burns her house to the ground. Or maybe just a normal person and being careless. How is either of those someone else's fault? Wouldn't it be her own fault? How do you figure that other water customers should be the ones to pay for her mistake?

Part of being a responsible citizen is accepting responsibility for one's own mistakes, and for their own property.

Responsibility for oneself seems to be a philosophy that a lot of citizens of Hawkins County are deathly averse to. Everything that happens has to be someone else's fault. This woman was threatening to bring legal action against the Water Department for her own mistake.

There is nothing wrong with her water meter. If there was she would have mentioned it in any of the numerous articles in which she had a chance to tell her side. That is just something that "umm well" from "Bardstown, KY" is making up.

It's unfortunate the quality and character of people in this community, which have contributed sorely to the financial and cultural collapse of Rogersville and the surrounding area. Most of the responsible and intelligent people emigrated west decades ago.

These days the main industries are methamphetamine, narcotic pills, getting a government check, whining, stealing from the church treasury, running scams, house robbery, and other such endeavors. Most of the factories have shut down or relocated due to the shortage of professional, responsible, and skilled people in the area.

Kingsport, TN

#9 Jan 18, 2014
Ah, I see that "Um well" lives on Oak Knoll Dr in Bardstown. You should use your real name, AB.

Since: Aug 08

Kingsport, TN

#10 Jan 18, 2014
Handyman I did not say she was mentally incapacitated do you not know what a question mark means?

United States

#11 Jan 19, 2014
I'm glad someone stepped in to assist the lady. My only ironic observation is the family has no money to pay for a product that would inadvertently used but, can obtain a list of lawyers to pay... Which lawyers work pro-bono around here?

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