California’s drought worsens due to people stealing water to grow illegal weed

Thieves are resorting to stealing water from fire hydrants, lakes, and rivers. Photo by Shutterstock.

As the West Coast drought worsens, water is becoming a scarce and valuable resource, as well as a tempting target for thieves, especially those running illegal marijuana farms. They’re stealing water by tapping into fire hydrants, backing water pumps into lakes and rivers, and even creating their own systems of dams and pipelines. 

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