DCWD apprehends more cases of meter tampering

The Davao City Water District is presently looking deeply into 24 cases of meter tampering
as part of the utility’s illegal connection detection and apprehension program.

The number comprises 40 percent of the total number of illegal connections apprehended.

Most of which were located in areas served by Dumoy water system particularly Bankerohan, Ecoland,
Boulevard, Panacan, Lanang, Buhangin, Bajada, and in some downtown areas along Ilustre,
Magallanes and Chavez streets.

DCWD acting general manager Edwin V. Regalado explained that meter tampering is a form of
illegal connection wherein perpetrators tampered their water meters to reduce water bill
consumption.

As declared in the National Water Crisis Act of 1995 or Republic Act 8041, it is unlawful to
tamper; install or tamper water meters with sticks, magnets and any devices; reverse water meters,
shorten the vane wheels; and use any devices to steal water or interfere with accurate registry or
metering of water usage, or otherwise result in its diversion in a manner whereby water is stolen or
wasted.

Persons who violate the prohibitions will be imprisoned for six months up to two years with a fine
not exceeding double the amount of the value of water stolen or the value of damaged facilities.
Moreover, illegal water connections can cause water contamination that leads to water-borne
diseases and low water pressure resulting to inconvenience to consumers.

Engr. Edwin V. Regalado appeals to the public to be vigilant against illegal water connections by
reporting to DCWD through telephone number 221-9412 or 0927-7988966. (Sylvia May L.
Vosotros)

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