Staten Island mom files dispute after receiving $41K water bill

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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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