Mistake leads to huge water bills in Florida city

Mistake leads to huge water bills in Florida city
Gulfport residents still plagued with water billing issues (Source: Photo WLOX)

OPA-LOCKA, Fla. (AP) - A mistake by Miami-Dade County utility officials has led to sky-high water bills this month for many property owners in the South Florida city of Opa-locka.

The Miami Herald reports that some residents have had their water shut off because owners haven’t paid the bills.

At one 112-unit apartment complex, monthly water bills went from around $2,000 combined in November and December to $135,000 between two buildings in January.

On Friday, the apartment complex’s owners filed a lawsuit against the city and county, saying officials had threatened to turn off their water if they didn’t pay the massive bill.

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