A bill for $1.40 sent out by a Maine water district almost a half-century ago has finally been returned.

The Brunswick and Topsham Water District mailed the bill to a resident of Topsham in October 1969. The bill was supposed to be returned to the water district by the post office because the customer's post office box had been closed.

However, it didn't find its way back to the district until last Tuesday, 46 years later.

Linda Deacetis, the district's executive secretary, tells The Times Record she was quite surprised to receive the bill. The district believes that the customer has since passed away. The bill had a 6-cent stamp on it.