Clayton is a city remains true to its western roots. In this town, water has become as precious as gold, and thieves are resorting to stealing it.
It’s believed the thieves are targeting hydrants so they can sell the cast iron scraps to recyclers.
More than a dozen fire hydrants were opened in five Contra Costa County cities over roughly a two-hour period, and investigators are looking for the culprits, fire officials said Saturday.
There is only one fire hydrant on the Dumbarton Bridge, a fact that is not lost on one local fire chief.