MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OP: Stealing Water is a Crime

See the Various Ways Water is Stolen from WSSC and Hear from the Montgomery and Prince George’s County Fire Chiefs about the Public Safety Consequences

| Media Advisory



Laurel – July 7, 2016: WSSC is cracking down on water theft. Last year approximately 145 million gallons of water was stolen from fire hydrants to fill up swimming pools, for landscaping purposes, mobile car washes or use at construction sites and neighborhood carnivals.

Wednesday, July 13 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., WSSC, in partnership with the Montgomery and Prince George’s County Fire Chiefs, will hold a special event for the media to:

  • Raise awareness about water theft
  • Detail the various types of theft
  • Explain the fines associated with stealing water
  • Highlight the public safety consequences

WSSC maintains nearly 42,000 fire hydrants in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Stealing water from hydrants is not only illegal; it can also cause public safety concerns when people tamper with fire hydrants.

WHAT: WSSC Water Theft Prevention Briefing/Photo Op

WHO: Chief Harvey Baker, WSSC Police  
          Fire Chief Scott Goldstein, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue          
          Marc Bashoor, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department

WHEN: Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Rain or Shine​

WHERE: The Bentley Park Community, Bentley Park Dr. and Pargate Dr., Laurel (off Old Gunpowder Rd.)

VISUALS: Demonstration of illegal fire hydrant connection to steal water, photos of various illegal connections and fire hydrant meter used for the legal purchase of water from a hydrant.

For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.


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