12 Feb 2018

CNMI utility discovers massive water theft

6:49 pm on 12 February 2018

The Commonwealth Utilities Corporation in the CNMI has unearthed a massive water fraud on Saipan.

Nearly 900,000 gallons of water are being lost every day, costing the corporation close to $US150,000 a year in lost revenue.

District Court judge David Carter disclosed on Thursday that the corporation's water tank service in a particular part on Saipan is billed for using about 170,000 (166,670) gallons per day, when actual production is just over a million. (1,038,240)

Judge Carter said the missing water was suspected of being stolen through illegal connections in the area, which was home to a number of farms.

He said an illegal connection had been discovered and disconnected three times in the past, but the perpetrators of the fraud simply re-connect it.