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Brooklyn Man Gets Jaw-Dropping $500K Water Bill

Manuela Cardiga
Mar 26, 2019
03:10 A.M.
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A Brooklyn man is fighting the metropolis over an eye-watering $500,000 utility bill.

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Every homeowner's nightmare came true for Joseph Sparrow of East Flatbush, Brooklyn when he received a $552,483 water bill.

According to City Hall, Sparrow owes the staggering amount due to accumulated penalties and fines.

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“This bill amount is totally impossible — someone said I would have had to be running a fire hydrant around the clock to run up anything close to what the city has billed me.”

A GIGANTIC WATER BILL ATTRIBUTED TO A LEAK

The gigantic water bill is the outcome of an ongoing conflict between the homeowner and the City's water department.

The department claims that Sparrow has a leak on his property and that the astronomical bill is the result of his not paying for his water for a 4-year period.

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The City is foreclosing on Sparrow's home which he bought at the age of 18 with the proceeds of a legal settlement for his mother’s death

SPARROW HAS NOT PAID HIS WATER BILL SINCE 2013

Sparrow maintains that he has no leak on his property, and paid a crew $30,000 to check the plumbing. No leak was detected, and the water meter is sound.

The water department is adamant that there is a leak that Sparrow refuses to fix:

“The property had a substantial water leak, which, despite several notices over the years, the owner has refused to repair, and the water bill has not been paid since 2013.”

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Kitchen sink/ Source: Pixabay

Kitchen sink/ Source: Pixabay

SPARROW IS FACING EVICTION FROM HIS HOME

The City is foreclosing on Sparrow's home which he bought at the age of 18 with the proceeds of a legal settlement for his mother’s death only two months after he was born:

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“I bought this house at 19, and I have always tried to do the right thing in my life. This is the only thing I have, and they are trying to take it from me. I could end up homeless, living in a shelter, or with nowhere to go, if this is not resolved fairly.”

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FORENSIC INVESTIGATION REFUTES THE CITY'S CLAIM

The CEO of Merit Holdings Group, Brian Walton, who forensically examined Sparrow’s water bills explained the impossibility of the City's claims:

“To put this volume of water in context, an Olympic pool contains approximately 88,000 cubic feet of water. Mr. Sparrow is being billed for, and supposedly [was] consuming, just shy of two times that amount on a monthly basis.”

An independent analysis by professional plumbers asserts that Sparrow's water consumption would not have exceeded $40 of water a month.

While the City concentrates on billing Joseph Sparrow, New York is dealing with several urgent problems linked to the water supply and the sewerage system, including the build-up of fatbergs.

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KANSAS MAN RECEIVES WHOPPING $500,000 BILL

Like Joseph Sparrow, a Missouri man was flabbergasted to receive a water bill claiming he owed the City $590,997.85.

Luckily for him, the City discovered that the astronomical bill was the result of a faulty water meter, and the man received a revised bill for $45.22.

Here's hoping Joseph Sparrow's conflict with the New York City water department is resolved as amicably.

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