Water wars begin in California as thieves tap fire hydrants

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Western states have been suffering through one of the country’s worst droughts on record, but conditions have been particularly dreadful in the state of California, with its massive population and heavy agricultural production.

In fact, drought conditions have gotten so bad that theft of water is now becoming more and more common. As reported by CBS San Francisco, some of the worst theft is occurring in Clayton, California, in Contra Costa County, “a city that remains true to its western roots.”

Noting that “there’s even an old-time saloon” there, water has become one of the most precious of commodities — more, even, than gold — which is why water theft has proliferated:

The Contra Costa Water District says fire hydrants are their favorite targets, mainly along Marsh Creek Road.

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