BARTOW, Fla. - Whatever is in the water at one Bartow home, it's costing the owners a pretty penny.
Stephanie McClish says she and her husband recently received a bill from the city for $356 for going through 62,000 gallons of water in one month.
Their average bill is usually around $25 for about five thousand gallons.
"The first thing I thought was oh no, I have an enormous leak," McClish said. "Then I thought maybe it was an error."
McClish hired a plumber who ruled out a leak. She then got the city to come check the meter, but they say it's in 100 percent working condition.
"I have no idea. It's clearly some sort of error with the meter because the water just didn't vanish. It didn't just go through the meter and disappear," she said.
She admits to watering her flowers occasionally and one day earlier this summer she had a slip and slide for the kids -- but insists it wouldn't come close to 62,000 gallons.
That much water would fill nearly four backyard swimming pools and it would have taken days.
Karen Hielscher, Customer Account Supervisor in Bartow, said they occasionally see large spikes for customers who fill a pool or accidentally leave a water hose running.
"Usually people know if it happens," Hielscher said.
The city stands by the bill.
In this case, McClish said didn't leave a hose on and doesn't have a pool.
"The city did say if there was a leak or if we admitted to using the water, they would meet us halfway on the bill, but I don't feel comfortable paying for half of the water I didn't use," she said.
Her next stop is at a city commission meeting to try and get something done about the bill.
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