The young family was surviving — until that phone call came last summer.
It was the city of Wichita’s water department, telling the family it had used more than 144,000 gallons of water and was responsible for a water bill totaling more than $1,000.
“We are renting and I told the landlord and, at first, he never did anything about it,” the 27-year-old mother of two said. “The city came out and shut our water off because the meter was just going crazy.”
She went to City Hall and explained the situation — and was able to get the water bill reduced to $250. But it is still a burden.
She’s unemployed. Her husband works as a tire technician. They have two children ages 6 and 4.
“The city put us on a payment plan but it is not like gas or electric bills in that it is spread out over a year,” the mother said. “We have only three months to pay the bill and that’s putting us in a big bind.”
Their regular water bill is typically around $50 and on top of that there is the payment plan of $65.30 a month.
“That kind of puts us in a hard spot with all of our bills,” the mother wrote on her application to Share the Season. “Having the help would make a huge difference.”