Please deposit the check, as most check are not negotiable after 90 days. Whether or not you are liable for the water bill or a portion thereof depends on many things, but primarily the lease agreement. I would review the lease to see if it speaks to that issue.
Anyone can pretty much sue anyone else unless there are other issues.. She'd have to go after you in small claims court and it may not be worth the LL's time. Cash your deposit and see what the LL tries to do.
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Yes, the landlord can still charge you for the water bills even after sending you the discounted security deposit refund. So go ahead and deposit the check. There is a good chance the landlord won't sue you for the water bill after you moved out.
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