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Wareham homeowner gets $73,000 water bill

MARION — A broken pipe that went unnoticed for several months has resulted in a water bill topping $73,000 for homeowner Nicholas Grace, and selectmen have decided not to give him a discount, fearing it might set a precedent for other users looking to lower their bills.

“The town has had a longstanding policy that if water passes through the meter, it’s the responsibility of the homeowner,” said Town Administrator Paul Dawson, who said Grace’s bill for the six-month period is $73,232.04.

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