Pasco officials warn of possible water scam

By the Tri-City HeraldNovember 30, 2012 

Pasco city officials are warning residents about a possible scam involving the city's water utility.

A resident reported being called by someone claiming to be a city employee and telling the resident that city water was unsafe to drink and needed to be tested.

Ahmad Qayoumi, the city's public works director, said it was unclear if the caller then attempted to convince the resident to buy something.

There was no problem with the water Thursday, and the city would not notify residents of a problem by telephone, he said. Usual procedure would include sending uniformed city employees driving marked city vehicles to homes to inform residents in person, Qayoumi said.

Residents should ask any solicitor for their city-issued solicitor's license. If the person doesn't produce a license, residents should call the Pasco Police Department at 545-3421 during daytime hours or 545-3510 at night or on weekends.

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