Water Theft?

August 17th, 2014 · 6 Comments · Personal House, Property Management

rusty waters

So yesterday I heard an entirely new situation. So the resident of the super nice homes I manage calls me with a complaint. His wife went outside and caught the neighbor filling a bunch of 5 gallon pails to water her garden. In the rain no less.

In the past they noticed that their hose bib was not where they left it so they suspect it’s been going on for quite a while. They knocked on their neighbors door to discuss the issue with with them. The neighbors did not answer.

So he called me, and we had a good laugh about the joys of multiculturalism and we tried to figure out a way to keep the water theft from going on. We know she knows it’s wrong because she startled when she saw the resident looking at her and apologized and ran away. Then they would not answer the door.

My only suggestion other than turning off the water every time they go away, was to call 311 and ask them what to do. Other than that the Police?

Anyone else ever dealt with this? Please let me know in the comments.

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  • M-

    Such petty theft! Each time they fill up those pails with water, they’re stealing fractions of a cent of water, and risking a negative interaction with your tenants. Not worth it!

    Mind you, if they take the hose over to their property to fill up a pool, or run sprinklers for a long time, then it might be a meaningful amount of money. But filling buckets?????? Why would they bother!

    • Rachelle

      I can’t imagine they would save a lot, but these same people go through the neighborhood recycling and pull out any returnable bottles they can find.

  • ezCPD.ca

    You should consider the provisions of the Trespass to Property Act (https://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_90t21_e.htm).

    These allow the owner to give the offender a trespass notice that makes it clear they are not permitted on the property. After such a notice, the police tend to pay more attention to charing people with these trespasses.

  • Winnie

    Hopefully being caught will deter future ‘theft’ but the other solution I simply turning off the water to the outside faucet until they get the idea.

    Don’t know how multiculturalism fits into this discussion. I have had just as many issues with white tenants and neighbours over the years as I have multicultural ones.

  • Mia

    Anyone with a vacation home, or who uses their own well knows that water must be protected since the well could be over demanded and then run dry. If there is not well shut off this means the drained well could potentially burn out a pump which was not shut off .
    Those who are dependent on well water learn the importance of isolating outside taps by using shut off taps or shut off levers located inside. This involves very rudimentary plumbing.
    A primary shut off tap for the outside tap is a routine way to prevent outside tap water usage. Such a shut off valve is installed inside the envelope of the building, adjacent to where the pipe exits the structure.
    End of problem