- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

CALHAN, Colo. (AP) - Local and state authorities are investigating the possible theft of over 2 million gallons of water in El Paso County.

The investigation stems from concerns about a discrepancy in water sales from wells in the small town of Calhan, which have been discussed at recent meetings of the Upper Big Sandy Ground Water Management District, The Gazette (https://bit.ly/1OLUDAt ) in Colorado Springs reported Friday.

A Colorado Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman confirmed that the agency joined the investigation in February at the request of Calhan police. Susan Medina declined to release any details.

L.J. Mott, an engineer and a director for the water district, told the newspaper that up to 2.4 million more gallons of water were pumped from wells than were documented as sold during three months in 2014.

“The fact that the water is missing, there really is no doubt about that,” Mott said. “The question is how did that happen?”

The missing water dates from a period of time before Calhan ended a handshake arrangement it had with bulk water users. They used to be able to take water from town hydrants, record how much they took themselves and pay for it later on the honor system.

In October, the town announced it was ending the practice and that all water sales must be made during business hours in the presence of town personnel.

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Information from: The Gazette, https://www.gazette.com

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