by: Erica Byfield Updated:
A metro woman is trying to figure out how watering plants once a week led to a nearly $400 water bill.
Morris said her father is 80
She told Byfield that in 2013 he averaged a $100 monthly water bill, and something changed in February of this year.
"They started coming in at $273.05 back in February, $295 in March, $383, it just kept going up," Morris said.
She added that since late winter, there
"It would be absolutely impossible to receive a bill that high. My father uses zero water, literally. You see what little gardening is here that needs water. We have a lot of rain," Morris said.
Morris explained she has had trouble reaching someone with the county water billing department.
Recently, DeKalb County leaders threatened to cut off the water, and eventually did last May.
Morris told Byfield that county leaders turned it back on once they realized she had paid part of the bill.
DeKalb County spokesman Burke Brennan sent someone out to check Morris' father's water meter and found it constantly running one day and not the next.
Brennan said DeKalb officials suspect there's a leak. He added that if there is a leak, the county will credit her father's account.
Morris is determined to get to the bottom of the problem.
"I don't know if there is a leak or not. There is not a leak in the house. I'll call a plumber," she said.