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Old 02-24-2015, 04:56 AM   #1
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Is this an outside fire hydrant someone connected to and ran it into there house?

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Sometimes the city will do that if a house or a building has temporary water problems. There is no rip off happening if that's what you're thinking. That blue device I believe is a water meter. Our city does that a lot when that have to water the grass in the older parks with no watering systems. They'll run a line through a water meter to the hydrant.

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Old 02-24-2015, 07:24 AM   #3
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The caption says this:

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In this undated photo provided by the East Bay Municipal Utility District, a hydrant meter has been permanently mounted and padlocked by a water thief. Northern California water districts are looking to hike fines for meter cheaters and other people who steal water as the state enters its fourth year of drought. The East Bay Municipal Utility District and some other San Francisco Bay Area water districts have never issued such fines. Instead, repeat offenders have had their water turned off and charged reconnection fees. (AP Photo/East Bay Municipal Utility District)
Says water thief in the first line. Still don't understand why a thief would mount and lock a meter.
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Says water thief in the first line. Still don't understand why a thief would mount and lock a meter.
This is a temporary way to get water for various reasons such as municipal watering, large construction sites, and water trucks for road work.
In my area it also requires a temp. backflow device as well as the meter shown.
In this case the water Dept. or the user who is responsible for the water bill has locked out access to avoid theft
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I doubt very much this is a thief. They would not install a water meter.
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Yea, they must have been confused when writing the caption or just wrote it incorrectly.
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The news media never gets the story right.
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I would suspect that the caption might be correct.

If the hydrant meter does not belong to EBMUD, it would still be water theft.

Having the hydrant meter there makes it look authorized, vs a direct connection (no meter) which would be spotted almost immediately.
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It's clearly a pretty large construction site. That line is far too big to be servicing a mere house. You can also see the public barrier fencing behind the hydrant.

Construction sites that size have to pull permits so I would be surprised if the caption is actually correct.

I think some one was looking for a story and was too lazy to run around and find an actual theft event so they took this and cropped the crap out of it so you couldn't see the entire shot.

The cheater here IMO is not water theft... but the one telling the story.

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In EBMUD areas, the hard piping is not permitted.
The hydrant meter is required to be removed when not in use.

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Still don't understand why a thief would mount and lock a meter.
In a few of the areas covered by EBMUD, if you don't lock it, it will be gone before lunch.

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