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Atherton residents report threats to drain their pools for water wasting

Atherton police say calls are a hoax

A man who has been calling Atherton residents and threatening to drain their swimming pools if they don't stop wasting water is not from the California Water Service (CalWater) company, the Atherton Police Department said March 18.

Police said many residents, mostly from the Lindenwood neighborhood, but some on the west side of Atherton, reported getting the calls from a man claiming to work for CalWater. The man said Atherton police officers would escort him onto their properties.

"Please be aware that the caller has no association with CalWater," police said in an advisory.

Police ask that anyone receiving a similar call, with the caller ID showing a phone number, to give that number to the Police Department by calling (650) 688-6500.

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