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N4T Investigators: Water Woes

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Jose Reyes gets his drinking water from a bucket of rainwater outside his house. To get water to his animals, he used 200 feet of plastic pipe to tap into his neighbor's water supply.

Reyes says he's been living this way since La Casita Water Company turned off his water.

"He's fighting everyday. And they simply ignore him," Reyes said through an interpreter.

Reyes says La Casita turned off his water after a lengthy dispute that started in January. That's when Reyes says a semi ran over his water meter. Causing a leak that made his water bill go from around $100 a month to more than $600.

But while his water got turned off because he couldn't pay, Reyes says his meter has kept running and the bills have kept coming.

"The injustice of it is what bothers him. Nobody pays attention. They ignore him and they won't listen," said Reyes.

News 4 Tucson Investigator Nick VinZant contacted La Casita. They told us they have spoken with Reyes several times and that they notified him about a potential leak on his property.

A spokesperson also said "We are willing to work on a payment plan with Mr. Reyes, but to our knowledge the charges are correct."

Reyes believes the high charges are actually connected to his neighbor's account.

He says the meter is near a piece of property he sold several years ago and no longer has access to.

However, when he tried to explain this to La Casita officials, he says they ignored him.

"The only thing they would tell him is that 'It's your fault you have to pay. It's your fault you have to pay.' No matter what documentation he brought in they wouldn't look at it," says Reyes.

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