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'Millions' Of Litres Of Water Stolen Every Month

Friday March 15 2013

MILLIONS of litres of water is being lost every year because people are illegally tapping into fire and third-party hydrants.

Matt Thompson from Yorkshire Water said the situation is becoming so bad it's endangering lives as damage is being done to the hydrants, and this has a knock-on effect for firefighters.

The company estimates it loses up to 20 million litres of water in the region every month because of the illegal activity.

Specific figures for Barnsley are not yet available but the spokesman said water theft in the region reached an all time high last year - with an estimated 25 million litres of water being illegally siphoned from hydrants in just 31 days.

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Reply Posted by king louis on Friday March 15 2013 at 13:45
and people all over Barnsley are breathing un-taxed air, putting thousands of residents at risk. Only strict enforcement of the law to stop free breathing and smiling on weekdays will curtail their recklessness

Reply Posted by Mick on Friday March 15 2013 at 20:49
I presume the people who would go to the trouble of doing this must be businesses / farmers who need high volumes of water? After all domestic users cannot, by law, be cut off from the water supply even if they don't pay the water bill.

Reply Posted by Fred on Sunday March 17 2013 at 13:09
Utter codswallop!! I can't believe that 'stolen water' can account for anything compared to the amount lost in leaks and lack of investment in our ancient and delapidated system !!

Reply Posted by Tony on Wednesday March 20 2013 at 08:06
What a load of trash never heard anything as stupid . Who ever said this must have been watching kevin Costner film waterworks . Solution fix the leaks

Reply Posted by observer on Wednesday March 20 2013 at 11:55
i thought it was april fools day when i read this???...what a joke. i agree with tony. fix the leaks. clear the drains...simpuls....(squeaky sound from side of mouth)