Marlinton Mayor’s Corner

When theft occurs, it costs other customers

I read an article last week about West Virginia American Water.

Some of its words tell our story.

They are taking steps to crack down on water service theft. Some people tamper with equipment to get water, without paying.

Some will continue to do it even after they’ve been caught.

The same people tend to harass and threaten employees.

It’s an ongoing issue that can be frustrating for others who take responsibility for their own expenses.

The Town of Marlinton wants to remind customers that unauthorized use of utility services or tampering with utility equipment are crimes.

American Water plans to get law enforcement involved when necessary and so do we.

Obviously, this is a problem here and in other communities and it must be addressed. To keep from paying a water bill, offenders put their own pipes in place to reach the service line or even bypass the water meter. Offenders can face criminal charges for stealing utility services. Stealing water is the same as stealing gas or electricity. When the intent is to defraud, these acts can cost an offender 12 months in prison and a $1,000 fine.

Also, the Town of Marlinton wants customers to know, we must deal with these issues or we are the ones forced to pay the costs associated with lost water and replacing broken or stolen equipment. When an individual decides to steal water – that is probably not the only item he/she is willing to steal.

Luke 16:10 tells us: “he that is faithful in that which is least, is faithful also in much.”

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