Dh60,000 water bill for Saudi flats

Huge bill was due to a meter problem (EB FILE)

A Saudi landlord got a big shock when he received an annual water bill for around SR60,000 (Dh60,000) for his small building that includes seven apartments.

This is an exceptionally high bill for Saudi levels, where water bills normally never exceed hundreds of Saudi dirhams.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read the bill. A water and electricity department employee came later and told me there is a metre problem,” Suleiman Al Balawi said, quoted by the Arabic language daily ‘Sabq’.

A resident of the northwestern Saudi town of Tabuk, Balawi said he was later told by the department that he must first pay before the problem is sorted.

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