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National Water Crisis Act

Under P.D. 198 (Water Utilities Act) and R.A. 8041 Sec. 8 

The following acts are declared unlawful acts:

(a) Destroy, damage of interfere with any canal, raceway. ditch. lock pier, inlet, crib, bulkhead, dam, gate, service, reservoir, aqueduct, water mains, water distribution pipes, conduit, pipes, wire benchmark, monument, or other works, appliance, machinery, buildings, or property of any water utility entity, whether public or private; 

(b) Do any malicious act which shall injuriously affect the quantity or quality of the water or sewage flow of any waterworks and/or sewerage system, or the supply, conveyance, measurement, or regulation thereof, including the prevention of, or interference with any authorized person engaged in the discharge of duties connected therewith; 

(c) Prevent, obstruct, and interfere with the survey, works, and construction of access road and water mains and distribution network and any related works of the utility entity; 

(d) Tap, make, or cause to be made any connection with water lines without prior authority or consent from the water utility concerned;> 

(e) Tamper, install or use tampered water meters, sticks, magnets, reversing water meters, shortening of vane wheels and other devices to steal water or interfere with accurate registry or metering of water usage. or otherwise result in its diversion in a manner whereby water is stolen or wasted; 

(f) Use or receive the direct benefit of water service with knowledge that diversion, tampering, or illegal connection existed at the time of that use, or that the use or receipt was otherwise without the authorization of the water utility; 

(g) Steal or pilfer water meters, main lines, pipes and related or ancillary facilities; 

(h) Steal water for profit or resale; 

(i) Knowingly posses stolen or tampered water meters; and 

(j) Knowingly or willfully allow the occurrence of any of the above. 



  • Administrative Fee: P 5, 000.00

  • Highest consumption x 200% the number of months of the illegal activity

  • Imprisonment

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