Huge Lafayette Water Bill 23 Feb 13

Officials in the City of Lafayette are trying to determine who will pay for more than 2-million gallons of water that went down the drain in the basement of an empty home. City officials believe a contractor or subcontractor left the water valve open in the foreclosed home on 11th Street when it was winterized, and are discussing what to do with the $19,000 utility bill. The standing water in the home’s basement was around 16-inches deep when it was discovered. It had apparently been running into a toilet and then into the sewer, saving the residence from taking extensive damage. The issue was discovered after a resident in the neighborhood heard running water in the home and reported it.