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Residents Of Northwest Houston Neighborhood Want Water Bills Checked

One of them has launched an online petition that has more than 600 supporters.

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David Pokorny, a resident of the Oak Forest Neighborhood, reviews his water bills from the City of Houston. He has launched an online petition requesting that a third party inspects the water meters and reviews the accuracy of the billing process.
David Pokorny, a resident of the Oak Forest Neighborhood, reviews his water bills from the City of Houston. He has launched an online petition requesting that a third party inspects the water meters and reviews the accuracy of the billing process.

Hundreds of residents of a northwest Houston neighborhood are supporting a petition addressed to Mayor Sylvester Turner to investigate why their water bills are so high.

David Pokorny lives in the Oak Forest neighborhood.

His last three water bills have been over a hundred dollars while they are normally in the neighborhood of $40 or $50.

Other residents of the neighborhood, who are also supporting the petition, say they have been charged as much as $700 while their average bill is about $60.

Pokorny started the petition on change.org last Wednesday and, as of Tuesday August 2nd, it had more than 600 supporters.

"The fact that so many people responded and had such similar stories and that their stories were far worse than ours … Once that happened, I realized that there really has to be a problem here," says Pokorny, who has reported the situation to the City of Houston's Department of Public Works and Engineering.

He says their response has been that maybe there are leaks in his home. However, a plumber ruled that out.

"We called the water department back," adds Pokorny "and, you know, explained: ‘Hey, we've had a plumber come out and we don’t have any leaks. Why are our bills over a hundred dollars now whenever they’ve always been 40 or 50 bucks normally?’ And they have no response."

Pokorny says the goal of the petition is to have a third party inspecting the water meters and reviewing the accuracy of the billing process.

A spokesperson for the Department of Public Works and Engineering said they are willing to have their technicians examine the meters on a case-by-case basis.

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