Nipomo Community Services District staff is currently examining all of its fire hydrants after thieves made away with the brass caps of at least 10 hydrants in recent weeks, the district announced Wednesday.
The staff has begun a review of its more than 650 hydrants throughout Nipomo.
Residents are asked to check any hydrants on their property and report any missing caps or other suspicious activity to the district or the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.
The caps are easily removed and can fetch up to $10 apiece in scrap value.
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However, they are used to protect threads on the hydrants so that fire hoses can be installed quickly and achieve a tight seal. Tampering with the caps creates a public safety hazard, the district said in a news release.
Anyone with information on the recent thefts can call the district at 929-1133 or the Sheriff’s Office at 781-4550.