10/25/2014 04:11 EDT | Updated 12/25/2014 05:59 EST

Man says City of Kamloops' info led contractor to dig for hours in wrong place

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - A homeowner is suing the City of Kamloops for what he alleges was wrong information on the location of a sewer pipe on his property — an error that cost $4,200.

Darren Abraham filed the claim in small claims court.

He alleges that in April, a city employee provided incorrect information over the phone.

Abraham said a contractor he hired dug for hours in vain.

It was later discovered that the pipe was actually 3.5 metres west of the water main, not east.

Abraham claimed a city insurer refused to cover his costs that included digging in the wrong area as well as landscaping to repair the ground work.

The City of Kamloops has yet to file a statement of defence.

The allegations have not been proven in court. (Kamloops This Week)