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Church Gets $93K Water Bill
Ohio city blames software glitch for five-figure bills
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 14, 2013 10:12 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Residents and businesses in Girard, Ohio, got a rude surprise when they opened their water bills this month: insane five-figure bills. St. Rose Catholic Church, for example, got hit with a $93,000 charge, and the Tri-Changes hair salon got tagged for $12,000. After residents, business owners, and, yes, clergy descended on the city's water department seeking an explanation, city officials blamed a glitch with new software being put into place that phases out manual readings. They promised to fix the bills. The church pastor, meanwhile, chalked it up to an apparent increase in people's need for holy water. The Youngstown Vindicator has more.

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Jul 15, 2013 9:40 PM CDT
Blame Democrat unfunded mandates of all prior presidents up to Obama. I was treating water 20 years ago and taking muddy muck and making it into cool, clean, good tasting water. Our tests always came back perfect and we far exceeded the results of city water samples. But each time a Democrat was elected the testing standards were raised to price out small water systems. Eventually only larger water systems could survive actually treating water. It made for a huge industry of water control whereas all our nation's water is now processed and treated by large entities that can afford the chemical engineers. You drink any water provided by someone else other than your own well, you are getting it from a much larger entity or corporation. Oh, you may get your water from a rural water district but they are not treating it unless they are small enough to just have wells and the tests are always good. Most likely they buy water from the nearest municipal agency. I'm glad I learned what I did because I would like to locate near a lake and make my own system again.
winterfairy
Jul 15, 2013 12:48 AM CDT
Did not one single person look at the bills before they went out to check them for something like this after a major software change? sheesh. Just how stupid and lazy can government crats get?
crankydude
Jul 14, 2013 1:52 PM CDT
The undertaker just paid his bill. He did not want to draw attention to how much he flushes the toilet during while prepping corpses