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Vandalism at NI Water Wastewater Puming Station in Larne area poses serious risk

13 April 2012 15:49

NI Water has raised serious concerns about a recent break in at a pumping station in Larne.

Parts of the surrounding fencing were damaged and vital equipment was stolen during the break-in.

NI Water representative, Gavin McCready, who has been dealing with the break-in, explained:

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

“Equipment used to operate the site was stolen which could potentially have caused a serious pollution incident.

“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 site through the vandalised fence, exposing them to serious injury.”

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 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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