The Forsyth County Department of Water and Sewer is cracking down on people who take water illegally from fire hydrants and other sources. With so much development going on in the county, the Water Department has noticed a problem of people illegally tapping into the system to get water to fill swimming pools, wash down streets, and water newly sodded lawns. All of that activity is illegal and the department is vowing to prosecute anyone caught stealing water. The problem is mostly coming from the illegal tapping of fire hydrants, but there have been a few cases where people have illegally tapped into a water main to provide water service for their home. Developers who need to tap into a fire hydrant can do so legally by applying for a permit at the Water Department and getting a meter attached to the hydrant. To report suspected water theft, call 770.781.2160.