“This is legislation that requires, ‘Hey, we’ve got water meters. You’ve got to read them!’” Councilmember Mary Pat Clarke (D-14th District) said by way of introducing this bill. “We’ve had an onslaught of spiking residential water bills.” Clarke mentioned several examples of exorbitant bills, including one constituent, a rowhouse resident, who recently received an $11,000 water bill. When the resident investigated, Clarke said, it turned out her water meter was last read sometime before the blizzard of February 2010, and the bill had been based on faulty estimates. Councilmembers Helen Holton (D-8th District) and Jim Kraft (D-1st District) echoed Clarke’s concerns. “We get an e-mail or a call probably every other day about water bills,” Kraft said. The bill would require the Public Works Department to read and record water meters four times per year; no residential bills based on estimated readings could be issued.