ST. PETERS, Mo. (KMOV) -- A broken water line between a house and the meter can cost a homeowner thousands of dollars out of pocket.
When it happened to St. Peters Alderman Tommy Roberts and a friend of his, Roberts decided to take action.
He lobbied for a bill giving cities the authority to collect a dollar a month from each homeowner for water line insurance.
Roberts said the bill passed with 80 percent approval from voters, and should protect residents from the "catastrophic" expenses associated with a water line break.
St. Peters was the first city in Missouri to put water line insurance on the ballot, but Lake St. Louis already has a similar protection plan for homeowners.