When Amhalise Morgan does the dishes these days, all she sees is money going down the drain.
"I owe a total of $9,000," says Morgan.
Morgan, a single mother who owns a two-family home in Brooklyn, lives with her two children and two tenants. Her average water bill used to be roughly $200, until March 2008 when it suddenly spiked from $205 dollars to $3,348.
"They said, 'You know, that there must be a problem,' that I must have a leak, which I didn't," says Morgan. "I must have more people in my house, which I didn't. I had one person actually move out."
NY1 contacted DEP to try and get an explanation for the spike in Morgan's bills. When the station asked if Morgan's meter might be broken, a DEP spokeswoman said the agency doesn't believe it's a meter issue. They are not willing to send an inspector out to check Morgan's meter because the last time they did it was accurate and working, according to the spokeswoman.
The DEP representative went on to say that a substantial leak at Morgan's residence caused the enormous spike in her bills and the agency believes its subsequent repair explains the return to normal readings.
However, Morgan says she never had any leaks identified or repaired.