August 22nd, 2013 12:55 pm | by EMILY SCHIOLA News | Posted In: Environment, PDX News

Portland Water Bureau Warns of Water Theft


Forget gas siphoning—there's a new wave of scofflaws hosing off another valuable resource: your water.

The Portland Water Bureau issued a warning Wednesday warning of the dangers of exposed exterior water spigots. It says the culprits are usually squatters and adds senior citizens are often targets.

Tim Hall, spokesman for the water bureau tells WW he received a call from a woman who spotted people stealing water from a foreclosed and empty home. By the time the woman called police, the thieves had already left, he says.

The water bureau encourages residents to buy a cap with a lock on it and says they can be purchased at home improvement stores. Hall says anyone who spots someone stealing water should call the police.

WW reported this week on another water-related issue, in its revived Hydro Hogs look at the city's top 10 water users—many of whom blamed their conspicuous consumption on leaks, not thieves.
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