Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Frackers Stealing Water From Fire Hydrants - PSC Issues Warning
The problem was first reported in the North Central part of the State where truckers were
allegedly taking water from fire hydrants and hauling the water to nearby natural gas drilling
According to West Virginia Code §61-3-45 anyone who takes water without the
knowledge of the owner and with the intent to evade payment, can be charged with a
misdemeanor offense. This offense is punishable, if convicted, with up to 12 months in jail
and/or a fine of up to $2,000.
These takings come at the expense of the local water utility and its customers. If enough
of a revenue shortfall is created, the water utility customers will have to make up the expense
through an increase in rates.
Anyone witnessing a trucker taking water from a fire hydrant should contact the local
water utility immediately.