Couple Recieves $2,400 Water Bill
According to the City of Dayton water department, Marc and Judith Hamilton’s home last winter used 17 times more water than a similar household would average.
The couple doesn’t buy the city’s explanation for the spike on their meter, but they’re still paying the resulting bill.
The Hamiltons, who live in a 900 square-foot ranch-style house on Gard Avenue in Dayton’s Madden Hills neighborhood, received a sewer and water bill for $2,400 last April for usage between December and March. Their typical quarterly bill before that was around $200.
“When they told me the amount, I panicked,” said Marc Hamilton, a 42-year-old retired U.S. Army veteran whose sole income is the VA pension he receives after retiring on 100 percent disability following his service in Afghanistan. Among his disabilities are diabetes, fractured vertebrae and a traumatic brain injury, according to his wife.