Vandals strike well in Summit Park
July 15, 2008
Drinking water in the Snyderville Basin was unharmed when someone kicked in the door at a well in Summit Park.
"There were some footprints that were photographed," said Josh Wall, a spokesman for the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. "They hadn’t really tampered with any of the equipment, they just kicked in the door."
The vandal caused about $400 worth damage, Wall said, adding that the damage was reported June 10 after somebody noticed it in Toll Canyon the day before.
"We probably need to talk to the feds on this because of the fact that there is an infrastructure threat there," Wall said. "Our role has changed. You can’t just look at it as vandalism. You’ve got to look beyond that."
Detectives will refer the case to the FBI, he said.
"They become a big deal when there are threats against water, sewer and power," Wall said. "If there is going to be an act of terrorism, that’s the kind of stuff they’re going to go after The possibility for spreading some type of threat using a water system is pretty high."
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But this time drinking water in the Basin was not breached, said Marti Gee, a spokeswoman for Summit County’s Mountain Regional Water Special Service District.
The well building has a pump and other electrical equipment inside, she said, adding that the metal door was replaced.
"It would have to be a pretty tall kid because it was a really high kick," Gee said. "It was a very strong door."
There is no suspect information, she said.
"Who knows who it is, and who knows what their motivations are," Gee said.
The well is a spare that Mountain Regional keeps "in our back pocket to pull it out in the summer," she added.
"This well, I don’t believe, was even running at the time (of the vandalism)," Gee said.
Mountain Regional employees monitor infrastructure for damage, she said.
"It happens," Gee said. "We think this just barely happened because this is a heavily hiked trail right next to Toll Creek."