June 9, 2009

Leak leads to $4,616 water bill

A Florida man filed a complaint with the Florida Public Services Commission about a $4,616.84 bill that his water company attributed to a massive leak.

Ed Cicerone, 29, of Holiday, said it would cost him thousands of dollars to repair the leak that resulted in a monthly bill for 1.4 million gallons of water and his homeowner's insurance has denied his claim, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported Tuesday.

They've been very resistant this entire time, he said. It makes me upset because I pay homeowners insurance every month, and they're definitely not there to help you out.

Cicerone said his temporary solution is to shut down the water for the house and move he and his son in with his girlfriend.

Plumber Mark Walling, who estimated it would cost $5,000 to repair the leak, said the water seems to have seeped into the drainage field for Cicerone's septic system.

He's lucky it ran out of the house, Walling said. If it was in the house, there'd be no house left.

Cicerone said he filed a complaint against the water company with the Florida Public Services Commission over the massive bill and the company has until June 23 to respond.