Water Pirates Hit Capitol City - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

Water Pirates Hit Capitol City

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -

Jackson city leaders say people stealing water services have siphoned off millions in revenue they had planned for. Public Works officials estimate nearly 17 hundred people have illegal connections.
 
"When you look at the average bill it could possibly be a little less than 2 million dollars worth of revenue that the city is losing from metered customers," said Public Works Director Keisha Powell.

City leaders say when you add the stolen water with outstanding water and sewer bills, you could make a serious dent in the budget shortage, possibly avoiding furloughs for workers.

"These devices only cost about $4.00, it's just a piece of PVC pipe and connector ends," said Councilman De'Keither Stamps.

City leaders are now tweaking the city ordinance on enforcing water thefts, with plans to crack down hard on those getting H2O for free.
 
"We've taken an aggressive approach to finding these locations and now making sure that we remove those devices and get those customers metered," said Powell.

Anyone with information on someone stealing water from the city is asked to call 601-960-2000.

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