PPUC Public Advisory

Tampering with Utility Infrastructure

During various inspections, PPUC has noticed an increase in tampering of utility infrastructure by unknown members of the community. Recently, PPUC Surveyors noticed many electrical hardware along the Compact Road that had been shot with rifles by unknown individuals. Therefore, PPUC is issuing this advisory to remind everyone that tampering with any utility infrastructure including electric and water meters, power lines and poles, electrical hardware, water pipes and pumps, sewer pump stations, etc. is illegal based on RPPL 9-4 Section 416. Tampering with utility infrastructure can result in penalties, fines, and possible jail time.

  • The PPUC reminds all employees, customers and the general public that anyone caught tampering will be fined for each incident and the PPUC will pursue criminal charges through the Ministry of Justice, Attorney General’s Office and any other appropriate authority.
  • The Republic of Palau National Congress through RPPL 9-4 (Title 37 PNC) establishes the utility infrastructure tampering law with penalties and fines imposed against persons convicted of the misdemeanor offense of tampering.
  • Please report any cases of tampering to the PPUC Customer Service. Do not feel obligated or forced to give your name. Our responsibility is to promptly and thoroughly investigate/document reported incidents of tampering.
  • Please help us stop infrastructure tampering by reporting any cases to PPUC Customer Service at phone numbers 488-3870/3872/3877.

Thank you.