Troya Bishop could hardly believe the price on her last water bill from DeKalb County: $19,571.91.
Simply put, it couldn’t be right or anywhere near right. Bishop lives in an average-sized house near Exchange Park in south DeKalb, with only two other people. With the joys of summer upon them, the three have been away often and not using much water at the home, Bishop told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday.
The bill was also bizarre for another reason: it was the “corrected” bill. Bishop, who works as executive director for Atlanta nonprofit Parental Empowerment Institute, received her first eyebrow-raising charge a few weeks ago: $858.58.
“I know people in the area who have swimming pools and they don’t pay that,” Bishop said.
For years, Bishop had simply paid her water bills without worrying whether the charges were correct.