Robert?s $1029 water bill a heart-stopper



ROCKHAMPTON'S Robert Mathew yesterday vowed not to pay his monster $1000-plus water bill.

The Canning Street resident is shocked he has been charged $1029 for the July to September quarter, particularly as he wasn't even at his home for one month during this period.

Mr Mathew believes either water thieves or an error are to blame. The retired builder has requested the council reduce his bill to a more realistic value.

"(I've been told) it would have to be a very big motel to use the amount of water (that I have been charged for),'' he said.

In a report to the council tabled yesterday, Fitzroy River Water general manager Neil Hanschen recommended Mr Mathew's request be rejected because water had flowed through the meter and there was no evidence of an undetected leak.

Councillors resolved to advise Mr Mathew to report the matter to police and inform them of the outcome before the issue was further reviewed.

Mr Mathew said he would go to police, but not be able to present any evidence.

On the bill his average daily water usage for the home, which is set on 900sqm, was 11.7kL (the average domestic use is 1.06kL). His own checks lately show water usage at 0.87kL a day. He has installed an anti-tampering device on a tap at the front of his home, accessible from the street.



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