5-figure water bills blamed on new software

Sunday, July 14, 2013

GIRARD, Ohio -- A spate of five-figure water bills in an Ohio city is being blamed on new software, but a pastor joked his church's $93,000 bill was from using too much holy water.

The July bill sent to St. Rose Catholic Church in Girard near Youngstown was one of many erroneous statements sent to the city's water customers.

Girard public services director Jerry Lambert said the city is replacing manual-read meters with automatic readers. He said the errors are a result of software problems during the changeover.

Lambert says the statements should be "100 percent correct" by the next billing cycle in September.

Information from: The Vindicator, http://www.vindy.com

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