CLEVELAND – At first, it was one employee. Now the problem is bigger than they thought.
Several Cleveland Water Department workers have been fired for tampering with meters.
“It’s disheartening,” said Bob Davis, Public Utilities Director. “We hold our employees to a standard of transparency and accountability.”
Sources tell the Fox 8 I-Team four other employees could soon be facing discipline for tampering with meters.
Officials said as a result of the meter tampering employees were getting lower bills.
The department began looking into the matter about six weeks ago when one employee’s account was flagged for possible tampering with meters. The department then started an internal audit and found other employees who had tampered with meters.
So far this year , Cleveland Water officials identified about 300 meter tampering cases.
Many are still being investigated. Anyone caught tampering with meters will have water service disconnected and will be required to pay a tampering fee plus other costs, before their water service will be restored.