Trucking companies doing business in west Virginia are being warned by the state’s Public Service Commission against taking water from fire hydrants without first getting approval from local water utilities.
According to a news release from the PSC, the problem was first reported in the north central part of the state where truckers were allegedly taking water from fire hydrants and hauling the water to nearby natural gas drilling sites.
State law forbids taking water from hydrants. The misdemeanor offense is punishable with up to 12 months in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000.
The PSC reports taking water has an impact on water utility customers who could be asked to make up the lost revenue through rate increases.
Anyone observing a trucker taking water from a fire hydrant should contact the local water utility immediately, according to the news release.