Water on the black market?
J Thoendell stashed this in Crime
A fire hydrant or a spigot in a park might seem like innocuous civil courtesies, but in our drought-consumed future, they're dangerous weak spots in the infrastructure that protects our precious natural resources. Public officials in California say their water is being siphoned off illegally—and it may be indicative of a growing black market for water.
A report from The Sentinel, a Hanford-based paper that covers the San Joaquin Valley, describes how public works employees are noticing levels of water leakage far above what's normal. They suspect "water rustlers," or thieves that pull up to hydrants under the cover of night and fill up drums of sweet free water without paying a dime. One county is missing as much as 10 percent of its supply—and normal leakage only adds up to three or four percent. They haven't caught anyone in the act, but as one public works director comments, "It just makes you think."