Man in Germany leaves home taps running for a year; police called in to make arrest

Well it has been said that next world war would be for water. But perhaps this German man did not realize this because he has been wasting precious water from almost all of taps of his home for a whole year. Such had become the situation that police there had to use tear gas to take down this man who was criminally wasting water.

As per reports, police were called to an apartment in a northern Germany town after it was discovered that this man had left the taps in his sink, bathtub and toilet running for an entire year. This act let wastage of whopping 70 lakh litres of water. The revelation came about when landlord of the 31-year-old tenant in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony received a huge water bill amounting to $12,700 (Rs 8.2 lakh approximately). It may be noted that the average consumption of a resident of Salzgitter in a year comes down to around 44,000 litres and surely, 70 lakh litres is a figure hard to gulp down. Thus the police arrived at the man’s apartment on Friday. The police heard loud noises coming from inside and they used a service key to unlock the door where they were confronted by the occupier, who started throwing punches, slightly injuring three of cops. The serial water waster was then placed in a psychiatric ward. Earlier in the week, the man had plugged the drains to the building, which, if left unattended, may have had catastrophic consequences, investigators said. Other tenants also complained of water dripping from the ceiling because the man was wasting water.

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