STOCKTON, CA - One Terra Vista Lane home is drowning in debt over a giant water bill.
Homeowner Ron Lighten hopes his water meter is wrong. The meter reads that he uses more than 140,000 gallons of water each month. His plumber said that would be the equivalent of a leak in a 5-story apartment complex, not a single dwelling home.
On Monday, CalWater shut off the water at Lighten's home, which he rents to his daughter.
"[CalWater] unexpectedly and without notice, came and turned the water off and left a $1,200 bill at the house saying it needed to be paid," Lighten said.
This was not the first bizarre bill, though.
Lighten's daughter had lived in this house for two years, always using 13 to 16 units of water; it suddenly jumped to 186 units in July. That is equal to 140,000 gallons of water for one woman, in one month, at a home without a swimming pool.