NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Politicians, business owners, and residents fuming over water bills that have gone sky high since New York City began installing automated meter readers protested on the steps of City Hall on Monday.

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“Times are tough. People can’t afford to have their water bill go from $3,000 to $10,000 overnight. It’s just really shocking and outrageous,” said city councilman David Greenfield.

Brooklyn resident Morty Lev says his residential bills have gone up 400 percent, quadrupling as he used less water.

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“Something is wrong here. I don’t know if it’s the meter. I don’t know if it’s the reader and this has to be checked. It has to be dealt with,” he said.

Greenfield is demanding that the DEP compare and contrast new bills to old and refund money owed to those with faulty meter readers.

The DEP for its part says the readers are accurate and saving customers money.

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