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Vandalism of Fire Hydrants is Illegal - and Dangerous

05 March 2020 14:42

That’s the message from NI Water in response to recent reports of fire hydrant abuse in the New Lodge area of North Belfast. Some may see it as ‘harmless fun’ by kids, but the reality is homes and businesses are suffering low water pressure or no water at all.  
 
NI Water would appeal to community and political representatives to continue to support us in tackling this issue.  The whole community needs to help us put a stop to this behaviour before the unthinkable scenario occurs where a fire breaks out and there is no water for the NI Fire & Rescue Service to deal with the issue.  

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon said, “I am deeply concerned about the recent reports of fire hydrant vandalism.  This vandalism is dangerous. It affects the water supply to the people of North Belfast, and could have serious consequences if water isn’t available to deal with emergencies. I would appeal to those responsible to think about the implications of their actions, have respect for their community and stop this wanton vandalism.” 

NI Water is asking communities to say “No” to this anti-social behaviour and report vandalism to the PSNI or to Waterline on 03457 440088 or confidentially to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.  
 
ENDS 
All media enquiries to NI Water Press Office on 028 9035 4757 or press.office@niwater.com

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