News and Events

Posted on: September 7, 2017

If you see something, say something!

Lift station

Our water and wastewater facilities are located in your neighborhoods.  You may see water tanks, well houses or lift station buildings near your homes.  Our buildings are marked with a sign with our logo that identifies the name of the facility.

If you observe any suspicious activity around our buildings, tanks, fire hydrants or manholes, please immediately report it to the police by calling 911, especially if you observe a crime in progress. For your personal safety, please do not confront strangers directly.  After calling 911, please call us at (425) 392-6256 to report the issue so we can follow up on the incident.

Some examples of suspicious activity include:

  • Unidentified vehicles parked near water or sewer facilities for no apparent reason. 
  • People climbing or cutting a water or sewer facility fence.
  • Opening or tampering with manhole covers, fire hydrants, structures or equipment.
  • People on top of water tanks.
  • People photographing or videotaping utility facilities, structures or equipment.
  • Strangers hanging around locked gates. 
  • Graffiti spray painted onto water tanks or buildings.

District vehicles are clearly marked with the “Sammamish Plateau Water” logo on the side, and all staff have logos on their uniforms and picture ID badges.  When in doubt, ask District staff members to show you their ID badges.

When reporting an incident, please do the following:

  • State the nature of the incident.
  • Identify yourself and your location.
  • Identify the date, time and location of the suspicious activity.
  • Describe any vehicle involved (make, model, color, license plate number.)
  • Describe the participants (how many, gender, race, hair color, height, weight and clothing.)

Tampering with public water supplies is a serious offense and violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  Remember - If you see something, say something!

Information from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s “Water Watchers: Helping to Protect Your Local Water System” brochure was used for this article.

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