It's not my job to figure out your story. If YOU can't figure it out, I sure can't.
That being said, if you truly tried to tamper with the water meter like CFPUA is saying, then you deserve the tampering fees. Customers are informed about tampering fees when they first sign up for water, and it's also in printed brochures and on the internet. It's not like you didn't know that it's illegal.
I personally buy 1-gallon water jugs from the grocery store for drinking. It's only 99 cents a gallon, and I don't have to pay sewer fees. I only use CFPUA water for bathing. I use rain water to water my flowers, when we get rain. At other times, I bite the bullet and use CFPUA water. My bill has only been over $70 once, when I had a broken pipe and they did an adjustment on my bill.
I can sympathize how difficult it is to pay a costly water bill, but tampering with the meter is not the way out. Perhaps you will think twice before you try that stunt again.
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