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Retiree's Water Bill Jumps to $1,500 in a Month

Ossie Warner's water bill has skyrocketed from less than $200 a month to $1,500. DeKalb County water officials say they'll replace her meter, but she still owes the bill.

Ossie Warner's water bill has skyrocketed from less than $200 a month to $1,500. Credit: Screenshot from WSB TV
Ossie Warner's water bill has skyrocketed from less than $200 a month to $1,500. Credit: Screenshot from WSB TV

Ossie Warner lives alone and hasn’t filled her swimming pool. So how can her water bill have jumped from less than $200 a month to $1,500?

After DeKalb County’s water department was contacted about the huge jump in the grandmother’s bill, officials suggested she check for a leak. A plumber inspected her pipes and found no problems.

The 75-year-old grandmother has lived on Preakness Drive for 40 years, and was alarmed when her most recent water bill was 15 times past the amount of past bills, which ranged from $80 to $175. The retiree is on a fixed income. 

"I didn't understand what was going on and it never happened before," she told WSB TV. "I knew something was wrong," Warner said.

"It doesn't make sense for her bill to be that high if she does not have a leak in the yard or anything," her son, Alvin Majette, told the TV station. 

Warner's son took the plumber's findings to the county, which has agreed to install a new water meter.

But, so far, she is still responsible for the outsized bill.

Gagal June 12, 2014 at 08:43 AM
Her water bill was pretty outrageous before this last one!! Oh that's right....the water department has to make enough money to pay for their criminal behaviors!
janh999 June 12, 2014 at 10:26 AM
While $200 a month is pretty darn high a jump in the amount should raise a red flag. If their equipment is faulty & they replace the meter resulting in her bill going back to normal they shouldn't charge her. They know its their mistake. Greedy pigs.
cantey Mills June 14, 2014 at 10:29 AM
She is not alone. We should start a petition to present to our representatives. Or write to Kathy Gannon, who sits on a committee overseeing the water department.

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