Fire Hydrants and Man Hole Covers Being Stolen Throughout the Water District

The Eastern Municipal Water District is offering a $500.00 reward to anyone for information leading to arrest and conviction of persons resp...

The Eastern Municipal Water District is offering a $500.00 reward to anyone for information leading to arrest and conviction of persons responsible for vandalism or theft of fire hydrants and other metal facilities.

Over the past several months, more than 60 fire hydrants, some which are super hydrants each costing more than $1,000, as well as manhole covers and backflow devices, have been stolen throughout the Eastern Municipal Water District and Western Municipal Water District.

Theft of fire hydrants and manhole covers, which are criminally punishable actions, not only endanger communities, it hampers firefighters in not being able to respond quickly to emergencies. It also presents risks to drivers.

The district advises anyone who sees suspicious activity around a fire hydrant or other related facilities to call their local law enforcement, or 911.

EMWD is working with local law enforcement and other neighboring water agencies experiencing similar thefts, to increase scrutiny of water systems. Residents are being asked to keep an eye on their neighborhoods.

To each EMWD, (951) 928-3777, ext. 6265.

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