STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A Staten Island woman was shocked when her water bill from the city totaled $41,737.27.
"I thought it was a joke a bad joke," said Maria Wigrin outside her Staten Island home.
Wigrin, a single mom, lives paycheck to paycheck. She decided to reach out to PIX11 News for answers.
Her lawyer, Randy Scherman from Staten Island Legal Services, a nonprofit organization says it's impossible for Wigrin's bill to reach that number.
Scherman says the average American uses 80 to 100 gallons of water a day. Wigrin has three members of her family, so they should be averaging about 300 gallons a day.
The Department of Environmental Protection claims the family used 3,355 gallons a day for two years.
Wigrin has appealed the bill several times but has gotten nowhere.
PIX11 reached out to DEP and received this response from a spokesperson:
"The customer last paid a water bill in 2011. A billing dispute was filed on Oct. 11 of this year and will be reviewed by the NYC water board."
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