I almost had a heart attack

@louievill (18130)
Philippines
July 6, 2016 2:43am CST
I almost got a heart attack when I got my water bill a few months ago, the bill was for 15,219.62 pesos or roughly 330 dollars wow we do not have a swimming pool! Tried checking everything for leaks and could not find any. I called up the water company and they told me it was an error on their part and I only have to pay 315 pesos or around 7 dollars. It's a good thing I am still a very healthy individual or I could have suffered a stroke or something, I think billing companies should be careful before billing us otherwise they could be liable, what do you think?
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@Lucky15 (33427)
• Philippines
6 Jul 16
I would really be in the hospital if i got that bill. Haha
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
6 Jul 16
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@Lucky15 (33427)
• Philippines
6 Jul 16
@louievill that almost 4 thou electril bill is a head ache..how much more with that. Haha
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@cacay1 (32536)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
6 Jul 16
I might shout LOL,
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@nomus24g (21551)
• India
6 Jul 16
last month I had similar experience when my Gas bill ran into some erroneous figure & then I called the Customer Care, where they admitted that the Actual reading has not been taken but a projected estimate is taken and billed...and then they later rectified it
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
6 Jul 16
Yes, these companies should be careful, i was shouting frantically at the top of my lungs, "WHO FORGOT TO CLOSE A FAUCET!", till it dawned on me it could not get that high
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@cacay1 (32536)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
6 Jul 16
Careless employees.
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
6 Jul 16
@cacay1 terrible
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@ida123 (6267)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
8 Jul 16
if i were in your shoes, maybe my pressure will shoot up.
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
8 Jul 16
Good thing I do not have high blood pressure, what i felt bad and sorry about was thinking that the kids and other people in our household were at fault, i felt so ashamed for blaming and concluding right away.
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@ida123 (6267)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
10 Jul 16
@louievill that is a natural reaction when we don't expect some unwanted expenses
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
10 Jul 16
@ida123 yes 3 kids in private school, mom's meds plus the electric bill is already enough to make me go crazy, not to mention cable, telephone,internet and daily expense plus my 2 adopted relatives lol lord please don't give me a 15k water bill
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@Shavkat (56925)
• Philippines
6 Jul 16
I guess that scares you. I will also feel so angry with such amount in a water bill. It is like I am living in a mansion.
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
6 Jul 16
It was not only me, I later learned that a lot of other homeowners in our subdivision were getting similar ridiculous water bills and posting on FB, I called up the utility company and all they told me was " the matter is under investigation"
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@Shavkat (56925)
• Philippines
6 Jul 16
@louievill I think it is also a great experience to call your attention.
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
6 Jul 16
@Shavkat I was thinking of just having it cut if there was a leak that I failed to notice but my God with that amount our house would have become a swimming pool
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@skysnap (17822)
6 Jul 16
that is veery high amount even in all other countries even when you have hotel
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
6 Jul 16
First thing that entered my mind was " what did the children or our lady clothes washer do?", then I turned of all the faucets and and see if the meter was moving to check for leaks. Imagine how much anxiety that caused me
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@skysnap (17822)
6 Jul 16
@louievill yeah :D
@cacay1 (32536)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
6 Jul 16
@skysnap, hahahahha yeah right unless school.
@ilocosboy (34344)
• Philippines
6 Jul 16
ha ha, these days the prices can send you to hospital. And even the hospital can cause you high blood.
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
6 Jul 16
That is why i practice alternatve medicine, i hate western medicine, it would not only enslave you, it could also kill and kill your pocketLOL!
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@cacay1 (32536)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
6 Jul 16
@ilocosboy, Very much correct hahaha.
• India
6 Jul 16
its so high amount i think.
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
6 Jul 16
It was a stupid error on the part of the water company
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• India
6 Jul 16
@louievill That is not fair anyhow. if something happens will they answer for that?
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
6 Jul 16
@sunilparthan yes, that is what i was asking, what if it was an old lady living on pension recieved the bill?
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@SIMPLYD (78118)
• Philippines
7 Jul 16
You are not alone on that one . Even here in our province the electric company always commit that kind of mistakes on their billings . So , it's a good thing we have a pile of all our paid bills.
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
7 Jul 16
I put all my paid bills on file and shred them after every 2 or 3 years
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@SIMPLYD (78118)
• Philippines
7 Jul 16
@louievill That's good . Us, we just pile them since we started having them . My hubby keeps them already because her mother is already on mild dementia .
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
7 Jul 16
@SIMPLYD my practice is to have a paper puncher handy so every time i pay, i punch the 2 holes and off they go to the different folders with fasteners depending on what utility company
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@tech40 (9221)
• Philippines
6 Jul 16
Wow 15,216 pesos haha, well its nice that you'll only pay for $7 :) than $330 haha
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@cacay1 (32536)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
6 Jul 16
@tech40 (9221)
• Philippines
7 Jul 16
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@cacay1 (32536)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
11 Jul 16
@hereandthere (28972)
• Philippines
6 Jul 16
i hope nobody overpaid because some don't scrutinize their bills.
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
6 Jul 16
That is very possible cause there are also very affluent families living here, especially those with somebody working abroad and all they have to do is show the bill, im sure it would be refunded but it would cast doubt between family members.
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• Philippines
7 Jul 16
@louievill i hope the water company (maynilad?) will issue a statement or make a notation in the next bill.
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
8 Jul 16
@hereandthere yes Maynilad cause we live in the South, i think it's Manila water in the North of the metropolis
@cacay1 (32536)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
6 Jul 16
Ha? What a he-ll they are doing?You sue them in court so they'll pay the moral damage hehehe,they are very careless.Actually you can report them to court.
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
13 Jul 16
I don't want to go thru all the trouble of suing and I"m in no mood to wage a legal battle with a Goliath lol!
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@cacay1 (32536)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
13 Jul 16
@louievill hehehehe,I just sympathize your feeling and to see you laugh LOL.
@AkoPinay (11670)
• Philippines
13 Aug 16
OMG glad I have no water bills. I even drink water from a deep well.
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
13 Aug 16
I would drink rain water, it's also expensive to have a pump installed
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@AkoPinay (11670)
• Philippines
13 Aug 16
We have no pump
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
13 Aug 16
@AkoPinay oh so the deep well is the one with a pail like a wishing well
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@LadyDuck (147957)
• Switzerland
10 Jul 16
Oh my goodness 330 dollars is too much for water, while 7 dollars is really very little.
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
10 Jul 16
Our bill ranges from just 7 to 14 dollars a month, remember the Philippines is a water nation, that is what we have of a lot especially now thst it's rainy season
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@LadyDuck (147957)
• Switzerland
10 Jul 16
@louievill Water in Switzerland is not very expensive, we pay about 180$ per year, that is cheap for an expensive country.
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
11 Jul 16
@LadyDuck, roughly just a little more than what i pay, it does not come as a surprise because you also have a lot of streams and mountains and melting ice, its good our countries have lots of fresh water. I think good technology in filtering is also a factor to consider.
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• Trinidad And Tobago
20 Mar 17
I remember a few years ago our area never had water for 15 years. The company sent this man a bill for 15.000 TT (2, 308.00 US). The guy paid a private company to drill a well at his house and then sent the info to the Water Company...who immediately visited the premises and capped the well. The man still had to pay the bill even if there is no pipe borne water to the area. So, you are very lucky.
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
20 Mar 17
Why would the company cap a privatly owned? Is it illegal in yoyr place?
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• Trinidad And Tobago
20 Mar 17
@louievill Yes, apparently.You can't own a spring or well even in your own land. something to do with the water reserves belonging to the government. Local law says that if you are within the radius if 500 feet to 1/4 mile of a spring or well, then government can charge you for use of water. We paid water rates for close to 20 years although we had no pipe borne water. We use to collect rain water and store it. Presently, today, were get water in the night for one night and one day. You have to fill up everywhere using pumps. If you missed out then you have to wait for one to weeks to get water again. The water id divided between the 'up' side of the village and the 'down' side of the village.
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
20 Mar 17
@Gita17112016 oh I see, that is terrible.
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@brokenbee (7806)
• Philippines
8 Jul 16
Can they be sued for giving incorrect bills? I might do that if I receive such bill.
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
8 Jul 16
Yes I think we can sue but i don't think i would like to pick a fight with such a huge corporation with massive resources and a battery of lawyers to defend herself, Im contented with having no headaches.
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@brokenbee (7806)
• Philippines
8 Jul 16
@louievill maybe a class suit if there are a lot of customers with incorrect bills so that they will be more careful with the bills they are sending. What happens if you paid it in full? The excess will be theirs? Or the employess in the billing department? Hmmmmmm
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
8 Jul 16
@brokenbee that would drag on for years, not sure if it's worth all the time and effort
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@scheng1 (24810)
• Singapore
9 Aug 16
haha, you better buy medical insurance and life insurance! If next time they send in a bill that requires you to pay $3300 for water bill, and you did get a heart attack, the insurance company will pay for your hospital bill, and pay you money out of the life insurance. You can then use it to sue the utility company.
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
9 Aug 16
Hahaha..my family is covered by insurance but i won't waste it on something as crazy, besides if we get a heart attack we would most likely be paralyzed so it's gonna kill you if you go after the utility company
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@scheng1 (24810)
• Singapore
10 Aug 16
@louievill haha, in this case, go and complain to your President, and ask him to scold those folks in utility company.
@Bhebelen14 (5077)
• Philippines
8 Jul 16
It happened to us before when i am still residing in Makati and i contacted the manila water immediately good thing they respond to my calls and sent a new water bill.
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
8 Jul 16
So it has been happening not just with Maynilad but also with Manila water
• Philippines
8 Jul 16
@louievill Yes even in Meralco.
• Hyderabad, India
7 Jul 16
The Employees are show there family tension on public while billing , u have to complaint to higher authority of department of water works
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
7 Jul 16
It's okay now, they already admitted the mistake because of a billing error and we do not have to pay the silly amount
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• Hyderabad, India
7 Jul 16
@louievill good u are free from tension now
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@kepweng (11514)
19 Nov
sorry to hear that why your Water bill is big do you Consume more water like a mineral water business?
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
19 Nov
It was a computer error on the part of Maynilad
@Jenning (2023)
• Nigeria
29 Oct 16
Lol. Exactly. That could have made some other folk slump on the spot.
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@louievill (18130)
• Philippines
29 Oct 16
Surely would that is why it pays to be healthy