Last March, Joseph Kane opened his water bill to see that he owed Tucson Water $3,364 and some cents. He had used, the water department said, some 222,904 gallons of water. His normal usage is somewhere around 8,000 gallons.
With her $1,600 water bill in hand, west-side resident Dolores Kruger stands in her sparse front yard, which has little vegetation. A handyman and landscaper could find nothing significant that would explain high water use.