Fourth bill a sorry tale

DUMMY bills done up by dummies'' was Theresa DeCourcy's thoughts when she opened her first real Fitzroy River Water metered bill this week.

Her real bill, for $104, was twice as much as two of the three dummy bills she received and five times as much as the last dummy bill.

The dummy bills were just false, they were not a real indication of what we'd get charged,'' she said.

Because of discrepancies in the dummy bills they received Mrs DeCourcy and her husband, Troy, did not really take them as a true indication of what to expect, and are now untrusting of what their real bill says.

The first dummy bill Mrs DeCourcy received said they consumed 160kL of water and charged them $45.46.

The second dummy bill said they consumed 262kL and charged them $48, or for the use of 136kL.

While the third dummy bill was for $21, charging them for the use of 78.26kL of water and said they used 127kL of water.

Fitzroy River Water general manager, Neil Hanschen, said the meters themselves are positive displacement meters and will only move when water goes through them.

The only explanation for a dramatic change in a bill is leakage, which is not always easily found, and if it is in the ground not easily detectable.



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