Thieves steal 25,000L drinking water as Tweed goes into water restrictions

Tweed Council have called in police to investigate a massive water theft, just as the region goes into level two water restrictions.

It’s understood a tanker and a ute were caught on CCTV footage ‘helping themselves’ to drinking water in Murwillumbah on Monday night between 8.00pm and 9.00pm.

Council reported to police that the thieves stole around 25,000 litres of drinking water, which was captured on CCTV footage.


The footage apparently also identifies the vehicles, and has been provided to police as evidence.

It comes just as the Tweed region prepares to go into level two water restrictions, where residents will be asked to each save 50 litres of water a day.

Tweed Shire Council General Manager Troy Green says the people operating the commercial truck and ute can expect a visit from police.

“The theft of a very large volume of drinking water is a criminal act and we will be seeking to prosecute the offenders.

“The Tweed goes on to Level 2 restrictions from tomorrow when we will be asking every resident to save 50 litres of water every day, so we certainly will not tolerate any theft of this precious resource,” said Mr Green.

For more information about the Tweed’s water restrictions, click here.