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Brockton Overcharged Residents For Water

Brockton city councilors are auditing the city’s water department after revelations surfaced that the department has been inaccurately billing residents for years.

Several Brockton residents received retroactive bills for thousands of dollars. One woman even received a $100,000 water bill, according to Christopher MacMillian, the city council president.

Faulty meters in older homes caused the mix-up, MacMillian said, after they underestimated water usage for years.

“I'm being told it's been going on 10 years now,” MacMillian said. “There's going to have to be accountability why someone would let that ride for so long. And if they did know about it, why didn't they act on it sooner.”

MacMillian said the city should shoulder part of the blame for not catching the problem sooner and says the city is working on payment plans for residents.

This program aired on July 28, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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