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Illegal tap in Fort George

Maria Bradshaw

Illegal tap in Fort George

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The?Barbados Water Authority (BWA) has made another discovery of water theft.
On Friday, workmen from the BWA’s rapid response team dismantled an illegal connection in Fort George Heights, St Michael, where water was being stolen from a disused water meter, to fill a tanker belonging to a construction company.
The meter, which was out of use because it was previously locked off by the BWA, was on a property owned by the Caribbean Development Bank.
Reports indicate that workmen discovered a tanker parked in front of the CDB’s property with a lengthy blue hose connected to the meter which was outside of the guard wall. That hose was then attached to the tanker.
An official at the BWA explained that the sophisticated connection was made with the use of a ball valve which allowed for the water to be stolen before it entered the meter, preventing the usage from being registered.