Ont. man fights $8,200 water bill

Igor Sapojnikov, a Richmond Hill resident, is locked in a dispute with city staff over an $8,200...

Igor Sapojnikov, a Richmond Hill resident, is locked in a dispute with city staff over an $8,200 water bill he says was and error. (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun)

Shawn Jeffords, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:34 PM ET

TORONTO - Igor Sapojnikov feels like he’s been asked to pour $8,200 down the drain.

The 46-year-old man says he’s been locked in a fight with the town of Richmond Hill for the last three months over a massive water bill in that amount. And the town, which insists the bill is not an error, wants its cash.

“I was shocked,” Sapojnikov said when the city called to alert him to his high usage just days before receiving the whopping bill. “It’s impossible.”

The city said over a three-month period, from December to February, he had been using an average 27,000 litres per day — nearly 3 million litres in total. That’s the equivalent of filling three tanker trucks, 4,500 toilet flushes or flooding the 3,400 square foot home with water 10 times — each day, he said.

After getting the call Sapojnikov called a plumber who inspected his home and property.

“They didn’t find a leak,” he said. “Not a drop of water anywhere.”


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