Brazen Water Theft From Tiny Town, Alleges Miranda Community Service District Director
Saloman knew immediately that the trucker was taking Miranda water without being authorized. “We are not allowed to sell or sublet our water–only Cal Fire or the Miranda Fire Department should be using our hydrants,” he said.
He quickly asked who authorized the water removal. He says that the trucker and another man told him that they were working on the freeway and Caltrans gave them permission to use the water.
Saloman said, he knew that wasn’t true. He asked to speak to a supervisor. One of the men called someone he said was the supervisor but refused to let the Saloman speak to the individual on the other line.
“I felt they were trying to divert me long enough to fill the tank,” the water district director said. “I told them ‘We’re in the middle of a drought and you are loading up I don’t know how much water… [T]hey continued to fill their truck even when I informed them that they were stealing and they had no right to access our water”
Eventually, Saloman called law enforcement. At that point, a supervisor from Myers and Sons Construction showed up and tried to pay for the water. But Saloman said he couldn’t accept it because they aren’t supposed to sell the water.
When contacted Caltrans denied giving permission for the water draw. “I can confirm that we did not authorize that,” says spokesperson Myles Cochrane.
Clinton Myers, a spokesperson for Myers and Son Construction, the contractor that the water tanker is subcontracted to said, “We’re doing a full investigation about how we got to where we got…We recognize we need to do what we can do to make it right with the water district.”
Myers said his group has attempted to reach the water district to “make it right.” However, he said that the tanker was not completely topped off. “That tanker was not filled up entirely at all,” he stated.
We’ll let you know whether the tiny town gets satisfaction from the company as soon as we find out.