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Vandalism in Kilfennan, L’Derry poses a serious risk

23 February 2012 10:26

NI Water has raised serious concerns about recent break-ins at its site in the Kilfennan Valley Park area, where NI Water are currently undertaking essential Sewer Improvement Work.

The site has been broken into on numerous occasions and fencing was damaged and machinery & materials were tampered with. Fires were also started in the area, which is not only extremely dangerous for those surrounding residents, it also affects the progress of our ongoing work in the area.

NI Water’s Nigel McKee, highlights the consequences of such actions:

“NI Water cannot stress enough the serious consequences this kind of damage can have on the local community.

“While such actions may be considered harmless fun, NI Water would like to stress that there are serious health and safety risks, not only to those carrying out the break-ins, but also to the public and the environment.

“Vandals are breaking into deep well-secured excavations which are up to 5 metres deep. These excavations are extremely dangerous and contain dangerous chemicals.

“We would appeal to those involved to think about their behaviour and stop immediately. There is also the added risk that a serious accident could occur. Those breaking into our sites in the area are exposing themselves to unnecessary risks.”

The cost of repairing the damage is also a factor. This work 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 raise the awareness of health and safety at our sites. We need to protect these vital resources and are 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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