This is a new one, at least for me, please correct me if I’m wrong.
Authorities in Junction City, Kan., are looking for about 10 million gallons of a missing, critical commodity. What would that commodity be?
Yes, that’s right, water. Ten million gallons of it, which amounts to about 30 percent of the city’s water supply.
Junction City, according to its website, is “the heart of Kansas,” an historical place, just minutes from Fort Riley, an active-duty post known as the birthplace of the 7th Cavalry. It is a diverse community offering “small-town atmosphere, big-city amenities and rural pleasures,” the site says. The population is slightly upwards of 20,000.
Old and inaccurate meters and leakage may account for some of the missing H20, according to a report from NBC News, but—and this is a big but—local law enforcement officials also believe that people are stealing water from fire hydrants, the report said.
The city and the local police department have teamed up to ask residents for help, using the now familiar mantra, “If you see something, say something.” If residents see someone filling up a truck or a water trailer—or gallon jugs, for that matter—at hydrants, they are encouraged to make a report.
Of course, the city is taking other steps, too. It hopes to update all residential water meters, is examining how water is metered at the plant and aims to do a better job of accounting for how much water is lost when flushing city hydrants.
But, still, they think people are actually stealing water, which will drive up prices for law-abiding citizens and may lead to a water shortage.
What? Do we now need to post guards at hydrants?
Godspeed, Junction City. I hope it’s the meters and the leakage and not dishonest truckers and residents.