The Lakeside Water District has initiated a reward program to reduce water losses from theft, and to minimize damage to fire hydrants. Tipsters can receive between $50 and $250 if thieves are successfully identified and fined. Tapping a fire hydrant illegally is a violation of the penal code and may result in jail time as well as fines. Fire hydrants require special wrenches for opening and closing valves. Valve stems are made of bronze and are easily damaged by unapproved wrenches, which may render the hydrants inoperable.
If someone observes an illegal connection they should call the district office immediately at 619.443-3805. If possible a license plate number, company name or photograph should be obtained.