TUD grants relief to man hit with $6,000 bill

By Alex MacLean / The Union Democrat

Think your last water bill from Tuolumne Utilities District was bad? Try getting one for $6,000.

That's how much Bud Regelin, of Twain Harte, originally owed the district for the months of April and May.

The TUD Board of Directors granted him some relief at Tuesday night's meeting because the whopping bill was caused by an underground water leak at Regelin's Middle Camp Road home.

The leak wasn't discovered until a TUD meter reader came to check Regelin's usage on May 20. He normally only pays about $80 for water every two months, which is about $10 less than the average customer in the district.

The board voted 4-0, with TUD director Mike Sarno absent, to reduce Regelin's bill to $2,905.

"We're meeting him halfway," said TUD General Manager Tom Scesa.

The 67-year-old retiree, who lives just outside the boundaries of Twain Harte Community Services District, took swift action to find and repair the leak after he spoke with the meter reader on May 20.

Regelin and his grandson, Jay Regelin, 26, found a muddy patch in a wooded area of the property about 20 yards from the driveway. The men dug about 2 feet deep and uncovered a broken pipe that they fully repaired in lessthan 24 hours.

"It was just in a spot where I would never go," Regelin said of the leak. "If I had known a lot sooner, I would have fixed it a lot sooner."

For the full story, see the June 25, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.

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