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Spartanburg Co. Deputies Investigating Theft of Water Services

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Managers with the Liberty-Chesnee-Fingerville Water District say they were forced to call the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office after someone bypassed their system, broke a lock and added their own pipe to get free water.

“They want to get water so they just do it illegal, which is not the way to do it,” said Water District General Manager Johnny Jackson.

According to the water district the meter was removed from a home on Old Corn Mill Road for failure to pay. When the district followed up they found the added pipe. The district tells 7 On Your Side the property received $60 to $75 of free water. Now LCF Water District must pay for that water and the cost of repairs.

“Something like this would probably cost us around $1,000,” said Jackson.

Jackson says he sees about one to two similar tampering cases every year. Those illegal reconnects can cause leaks and even affect your water pressure.

Jackson says the cost of these creative ways to steal water can eventually trickle down to you in the form of customer fees.

“I don't pay for no one else's, and no one pays mine,” said LCF Water customer Donnie Maldonado. “I shouldn't have to foot the bill for someone else's mistakes."

The Sheriff’s Office says it is now investigating the water theft.

Water districts tell us if you notice anyone tampering with a water meter report it to your local district. State law makes it illegal to tamper with or bypass a meter that's installed for measuring electricity, gas or water.

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