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Point Cook School Closes After Water Meter Theft Leaves Campus Dry

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Saltwater P-9 College shuts down classes as theft of water meter disrupts supply; parents urged to keep children at home.

Parents were called to collect their children from Saltwater P-9 College in Point Cook today after the theft of the school’s water meter left the premises without water.

At 7:12 AM Monday, the school informed families that classes would be cancelled. The announcement cited a “complete loss of our water supply, including access to toilets” due to the stolen meter.

This is the second closure for the school because of theft; a previous incident in March 2020 involved the theft of a water meter and pipes. In a text message, the school expressed regret for the “significant inconvenience.”

“We are unable to accommodate learning until this is rectified,” stated acting principal Taxia Katsouranis. “Our team is working diligently to rectify the situation as quickly as possible by contacting police, emergency services, and the Department of Education.”

The school has not provided a timeline for when the water service will be restored. “We understand this may impact the comfort of your child,” Ms. Katsouranis noted. Parents were advised to keep their children at home until the problem is resolved.

According to Werribee police, the water meter at the secondary school on Kirra Place, Point Cook, was dismantled between 6 PM on June 21 and 6:45 AM on June 24. Investigators believe that copper pipes were taken from the meter.

Anyone with information regarding the theft is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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