The Turlock Irrigation District is getting tough on water theft.
TID’s nearly 20-year-old unauthorized water use policy was updated last week to instate heftier fines and increased security.
First-time water thieves now face a $1,000 fine and a three times higher water rate if caught. Unauthorized use will also restrict the amount of water that will be available to the offender during the irrigation season. A second offense could cut the user off from all water use for the remainder of the season.
To help catch thieves, a water theft hotline has been established which goes live today. People can call (209) 883-3440 to report any unauthorized use. Callers may remain anonymous. Patrols will also be stepped up to increase overall surveillance.
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So don’t steal water or you’ll face dry fields and drier bank accounts