Hundreds of water meters stolen
Published on: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
By: Nikko Fabian

KOTA KINABALU: Residents in several hundred homes in three housing estates along Jalan Menggatal Sepanggar woke up to having no water from their taps, Monday, but it had nothing to do with the current dry spell.

 Instead, the residents in Taman Utara Gudon, Taman Cerah Gudon and nearby areas, upon inspection, found their water meters installed outside their premises carted away by robbers.

  “It is difficult to comprehend that people will steal water meters in front of our houses especially in such big numbers,” Taman Utara Gudon Committee Chairman George Liew Kim told Daily Express.

 He said while it takes less than five minutes to remove a water meter, it costs RM150 to replace one. The motive is still a mystery although there have been suggestions that they were targets of scrap metal thieves.

The affected residents lodged reports at the Alamasra police station. They also reported the incident to the Sabah Water Department. At the same time many purchased their new water meters.

 As of 5pm (Monday), majority of the affected residents had already installed new water meters .

“We are holding an emergency meeting to discuss how to prevent such incident recurring,” said George.



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