Water Theft is a Crime
White Lake DPS has experienced an increase in illegal fire hydrant use in our township. Illegal and unregulated connections can not only increase the risk of contaminating our water supply, but also lower pressure needed for fire protection. Improper opening or closing of a fire hydrant can cause widespread rusty water complaints or worse, water main breaks and serious property damage. Unauthorized use or theft of water costs more for everyone.
How to Spot Theft
Water theft from fire hydrants occurs most often when the user does not have a metered connection. To legally use water from a fire hydrant, the business or contractor must obtain a permit and meter assembly from DPS. The meter assembly includes a backflow preventer. If you see water being used from a hydrant without a meter assembly, theft may be occurring.
Help Stop Water Theft
If you suspect water is being stolen from a fire hydrant or identify a water meter that has been bypassed or tampered with, please call 911 immediately or email firstname.lastname@example.org
. Tampering with the water system or using a hydrant without a permit is a misdemeanor offense.