As the city of Summerville continues to audit its water and gas system, employees continue to find people stealing water service, according to Chattooga County Sheriff’s reports.
A city of Summerville employee believes someone stole water from a residence at Carol Drive and one on Kay Drive in Pennville. City employee William Allen checked the meters last Thursday and discovered the locks had been cut off and the water turned back on. The incident is still under investigation.
The amount of missing water was not listed.
So far, employees found about 25 households stealing water from the city of Summerville, according to City Manager Janice Galloway.
The discovery came during a system-wide inspection of both gas and water meters.
City officials ordered the utility department to perform the manual inspection and read each meter. That’s more than 4,000 water meters, according to the city manager.