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Water theft up

Maria Bradshaw

Water theft up

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THE?BARBADOS?WATER?Authority (BWA) is reporting an increase in water theft, including the discovery this week of thieves diverting a resident’s supply to wet their marijuana plants.
Workmen from the BWA made the unusual drug discovery on Monday when they went to Oistins, Christ Church, to investigate why the client was not getting any water.
“We noticed that the water was running down from a bushy area up a hill opposite the resident’s home,” said a source associated with the BWA. “When we went to investigate we found five buckets containing marijuana plants about seven feet tall and that the resident’s pipe had been cut.”
Police were summoned, but the plants were gone by the time they arrived.
This was just one example of the scenarios officials at the BWA said that were becoming a “rampant” problem of water theft, and they were expecting further cases as more people were laid off during the current tough economic times.