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Pasco residents say water bills have skyrocketed

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Amy Gazaway says she and her neighbors are concerned about high water bills Amy Gazaway says she and her neighbors are concerned about high water bills

When Amy Gazaway received her most recent water bill from Pasco County utilities, she couldn't believe it.

Her normal bill runs in the $120 range. This bill was for more than $260.

"If you look at the bill, there are no late fees, there's not a missed payment,” said Gazaway. "It literally jumped and we were even out of town."

She says May was rainier than usual, and she turned off her lawn irrigation system.

Gazaway lives in Wilderness Lake Preserve in Land O' Lakes. She says a number of her neighbors, and people who live in neighboring areas are complaining about extremely high water bills.

Linda Salin lives in a nearby retirement community, with a very small yard. She tells News Channel 8 that she and her husband were shocked when they received their bill.

"I have a bill from last month for 69 [dollars], I think the last month was 47 [dollars], and all of a sudden we used nine thousand gallons of water when we really haven't done anything extra,” said Salin. "We haven't watered extra … it's 95 dollars."

When Gazaway contacted the county, a representative told her she likely had a leak in her system. Gazaway says her home is only ten years old and doesn't feel that is likely.

Doug Tobin is a spokesman for Pasco County, and says the situation is being looked into, and it's hard to say if the county is at fault.

"Well, at this point, we don't know for sure. We are taking a look at it,” said Tobin. "We continue to investigate it. And we're going to look. If it is our part, we'll take action.”

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