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Clampdown – BWA concerned about water theft

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The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) is concerned about people stealing water from its system.
So far for the year the BWA has dealt with ten cases of water theft from mains, through illegal connections and by people removing locks placed on meters for non-payment.
But the most sophisticated theft so far has taken place at its Fort George Heights reservoir where water was being stolen, for what authorities suspect to have been several months, from two air valves.
The BWA said this was not the first time it had detected that these two valves in particular – one  located at Fort George Heights reservoir at the back of the upscale residential district and the other located on undeveloped land – were being tampered with.
The valves allow excess air to escape when mains are repaired.
BWA workmen spent almost an entire day yesterday replacing the damaged air valves with new tamper-proof valves. They were forced to turn off the system, which resulted in temporary outage for some residents in surrounding areas.

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