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Copper thieves target Board of Water Supply

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KALIHI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

After two copper theft incidents targeting the Board of Water Supply left customers without water and damaged its operating system, the company said it plans to increase security around its reservoirs.

The first incident occurred on April 6 when vandals cut through copper wires of the communication system that monitors water levels in the Kalihi 614 reservoir. Approximately 100 homes in the Kalihi Valley area were left without water, but BWS managed to restore service within four hours. Water quality was unaffected, the company said. 

Vandals struck the same reservoir five days later, burning insulation covering the cables, then cutting and removing copper wiring owned by Hawaiian Telcom. Water service was not affected.

BWS said it is illegal to trespass onto any of its property -- including reservoir sites -- and violators can face up to $600 in fines and six months in prison. 

BWS urges anyone with information to contact the company at 748-5911.  

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