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Thieves Steal Backflow Prevention Devices in Fernley

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Lyon County deputies say thieves are stealing backflow prevention devices from private and public property in Fernley. The devices contain brass components, which can be sold for scrap or be melted down.

Many homes and businesses have a backflow prevention device located outside, but near the building. The device protects potable water supplies from contamination due to backflow.

Backflow can occur when the pressure in the pipe drops, drawing contaminated water into it from the ground, storage, or other sources - a backflow prevention device stops this.

Theft of a device can be made more difficult by chaining it to something that is immobile, or by fitting a cage or a box over the device.

If you have any information on the thefts, call the Lyon County Sheriff's Office at 775-577-5023 or call Secret Witness at 1-866-481-3446. Your information will remain anonymous and you could be eligible for a reward.

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