Miranda Waterboard Settles With Alleged Water Thieving Construction Company
Salomon and the District were concerned not only because of the loss during a drought but because shutting off a hydrant incorrectly can cause serious and expensive damage to their system. One incorrect shut down by a thief had left residents without water for days.
Later, we learned that the same construction company. Myers and Sons Construction, that owned the tanker had been in trouble before for taking water from Garberville at least twice.
Miranda Community Service District demanded restitution and recently a check was deposited in their account. Salomon declined to give the amount.
According to Saloman, the Garberville water district has put in a place a new ordinance that states anyone caught stealing water or tampering with their system could be fined $10,000. The Garberville ordinance reportedly was inspired by the settlement Miranda received.
According to Doug Bryan, Vice Chair of the Garberville Water District, “I suggested the $10000 penalty amount for illegal taking of water from GSD because…I wanted the penalty to be greater than the amount someone could make by selling the water.”
Miranda will also be adopting that ordinance soon, Saloman said.
Miranda Communtiy Service District agreed not to press charges against Myers and Son after settling out of court. However, neither Humboldt County nor the state of California are part of that agreement and could choose to press charges.
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