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Margaret Kreusser, California Woman, Hit With $16,000 Water Bill

06/03/2013 11:32 am ET | Updated Jun 03, 2013

Officials in Escondido, Calif., are demanding that one woman pay up after she allegedly used the equivalent of about four swimming pools of water per day for a month.

Margaret Kreusser was hit with a water bill for more than $16,000 for her usage between December 2012 and January 2013, KNSD-TV reports. Kreusser, who claims that she only uses about 150 gallons of water a day, said her water bill is usually only $115 a month.

What could possibly be the cause of the large discrepancy? Officials are claiming that the large bill is a product of an 87,000-gallon daily water leak that occurred on Kreusser's property during that time. To put that number in perspective, the average family of four uses about 12,000 gallons a month, according to the EPA.

Kreusser maintains that no such leak took place.

Kreusser is not the only California woman who has had to deal with a water bill nightmare recently. Evelyn Haynes received a $2,700 water bill in March after officials insisted that she used 213,928 gallons of water that month.

In a similar incident, New Jersey man Kirit Kothari was charged with a $10,457.90 bill for water and sewer fees last year. Despite getting a lawyer involved, Kothari was forced to pay the bill.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misstated how much water the average family of four uses per month.

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