Bill lands Rod in hot water

BUSINESSMAN Rod Hubbard nearly blew a gasket when he was asked to pay a water bill of more than £15,000!The antiques dealer was certainly left "distressed" after his usual six-monthly bill of around £100 seemed to come to more than 150 times that – a gobsmacking £15,468.

BUSINESSMAN Rod Hubbard nearly blew a gasket when he was asked to pay a water bill of more than £15,000!

The antiques dealer was

certainly left "distressed" after his usual six-monthly bill of around £100 seemed to come to more than 150 times that – a gobsmacking £15,468.

"I almost fell off my chair when I got it," said the antiques shop owner, who runs Hubbard Antiques in St Margaret's Green.


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"I instantly thought

something must be wrong. But I couldn't believe it when Anglian Water sent me a reminder and asked for even more – £15,628.

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"I usually pay about £94 half-yearly."

The cause of the mix-up was quickly pinpointed as an elderly metre installed nearly 30 years ago which has only three moving counters while current ones have four.

"The bloke who read the metre must have added an extra 10,000 cubic metres of water on the bill," said Mr Hubbard, who is in his 60s and set up his first antiques shop in Ipswich 40 years ago.

"Never in all my experience have I received a bill for that kind of amount – except for auction bills," he joked.

A spokeswoman for Anglian Water apologised for the mistake.

"It was a misreading," she said. "We have since checked the metre and cancelled the old bill and made all

necessary amendments. We would like to apologise for the

inconvenience caused."

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