Clearlake Oaks Sees Increase in Bulk Water Theft

Clearlake Oaks cases is seeing a rise in water thefts, according to the Clearlake Oaks County Water District. General Manager Matt Bassett says they’re seeing thefts of bulk water from the lake, negligence by water consumers about declaring the amount of water taken from the district’s bulk water station, thefts from fire hydrants and stolen water meters. A permanent solution to reducing the theft is to move the bulk station from the firehouse to the water plant. Monitoring would be stricter and cameras will be in place. The temporary solutions is that the district has placed a lock on the water crane to better monitor the amount of water people take. Protecting fire hydrants is also a priority.