New images of vandalism at Kalihi reservoir

Copper thieves caused a fire that damaged the inside of the Kalihi reservoir. Provided by: Board of Water Supply
Copper thieves caused a fire that damaged the inside of the Kalihi reservoir. Provided by: Board of Water Supply

The Board of Water Supply has released new images of the damage caused by copper thieves at a Kalihi reservoir.

KHON2 first reported this story last Friday, when we learned that vandals hit a BWS reservoir twice in one week, stealing copper wiring, damaging the operating system, and causing a water outage for a portion of the Kalihi area.

On Sunday April 6, vandals cut through the copper wires of the communication system that monitors water levels in the Kalihi 614 reservoir. That resulted in a water outage for about 100 homes in Kalihi Valley for about 4 hours, until crews restored service.

Vandals struck the same reservoir on April 11, burning the insulation covering the cables, then cutting and removing copper wiring owned by Hawaiian Telcom. Water service was not affected.

Both cases remain under investigation.

BWS says it is working to increase security around its reservoirs. But it also wants residents who live near BWS sites to report any suspicious activity to police or to notify BWS Security at 748-5911, which is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is illegal to trespass onto BWS property including reservoir sites. Anyone found in violation can face up to $600 in fines and six months in prison.

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BWS Photo - Aluminum Shredding Kalihi
BWS Photo – Aluminum Shredding Kalihi

 

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