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Property owners fight Kansas City water bill for vacant lot

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A Claycomo couple owes more than $600 to the water department for an empty lot with no home and no faucet. (KCTV5) A Claycomo couple owes more than $600 to the water department for an empty lot with no home and no faucet. (KCTV5)
CLAYCOMO, MO (KCTV) -

A Claycomo couple owes more than $600 to the water department for an empty lot with no home and no faucet.

Eight years ago the Weavers bought the property behind their car dealership. Two years ago, they tore down the dilapidated structure and bills soon followed.

“I think it's ridiculous the water department billing us for something that's no longer there. There's no house. There's no tap. There’s nothing,” Allison Weaver said.

The couple has even received shutoff notices from Kansas City Water Services.

“I just laughed. We joked about it. Well, we hope they come and shut the water off,” Mark Weaver said.

The Weavers say a truck from the water company even showed up and a worker walked around on the property with a baffled look on his face.

“He just went and got in his water department truck and left,” Mark Weaver said.

The weavers say they contacted the water department and got nowhere. Frustrated, they called KCTV5 News.

The water company said there is an official way to disconnect services, but that wasn't done in this case.

“They never told me that. And of course we notified them when we tore the old house down,” Allison Weaver said.

The weavers point out the water company even removed the old meter. The family now plans to dispute the old bill.

About 10-percent of all water accounts have no running water but pay for service and sewage.

Want to appeal a bill? Call 816-513-1313 or 311 to begin the process.

Want to report a water problem to KCTV5? email us here.

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