Thefts at water district could cause rate increases

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

It has been happening during the past year. Thieves have taken aim at Mountain Water District.

"Figure roughly the costs for twelve months is almost $31,000," said Roy Sawyers, District Administrator.

And most of that has happened recently.

"Over the past two months we've had $27,000 in items stolen. It's just gotten real bad lately," said Sawyers.

They have been taking items made of metal, including large aluminum lids that cover underground regulators.

Officials say the thieves are breaking into the regulator pits, dismantling them, and stealing the entire aluminum lids, probably to sell them to recycling companies.

"Anything they can get, copper, aluminum, metal. We've had lids, even meters stolen because they can sell it for metal," said Sawyers.

Officials say they are working to figure out a way to stop the thefts, but the costs of replacing the stolen items are high and customers may be impacted.

"We'd hate to have to raise rates over theft, and a few people cause an inconvenience to a lot of people," said Sawyers.

They are asking people to help them keep an eye out.

"If they see anyone out there it should be a UMG employee. They'll have a uniform on with their logo on their shirt, and they'll have a name badge. So they'll know that person doesn't belong if they do not have that," said Sawyers.

People should call police if they see any suspicious activity.

Mountain Water District officials say they do not know how much the potential rate increases could be.

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