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The security deposit may only be used for excessive damages and unpaid rent. If the yard was damaged by the water you can charge for that, but not for unpaid utilities.
You will need to sue them in small claims court for the water bill. Small claims court is designed to be user friendly so that you can present a claim without an attorney. Also, it moves much more quickly than regular court.
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