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Vandalism at NI Water Site Poses a Serious Risk

07 June 2010 15:24

NI Water is appealing to the public and local representatives to help prevent further vandalism of work sites in West Belfast.

NI Water is currently carrying out vital work at Distillery Street, Belfast as part of an £80 million programme aimed at upgrading the water main infrastructure. Once complete, this work will bring major benefits to the local community, including fewer leaks and bursts.

Over recent weeks, however, the NI Water site on Albert Street has been targeted by youths in the area, burning barriers and destroying signage.

A NI Water representative, explained:

“While such actions may be considered fun, NI Water would like to stress that there are serious risks, not only to those carrying out the vandalism, but also to the local community.

“The barriers that were destroyed are there to protect the public from the dangers of a work site. The signage provides important information to residents and shop owners in the area on the work we are doing.

“We would appeal to those involved to think about their behaviour and stop immediately. There is also the added risk that young children could enter the exposed site, which could lead to serious injury.”

The cost of repairing the damage is also a factor. Replacing the damaged barriers creates a needless drain on resources that could be better used to improve services to the local community.

NI Water needs the help and support of the whole community to protect these vital resources and is calling on those engaging in these acts to cease immediately.

To report an incident at any NI Water site, please phone Waterline on 08457 440088.

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