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05 April 2023 15:35

 | NI Water News

With spring arriving, the Easter Holidays have arrived and NI Water would like to take this opportunity to remind parents and young people about the dangers of playing near treatment works, reservoirs and construction sites.

Anna Killen, Education Officer at NI Water, explains:

I would urge all parents to explain to their children the dangers of playing in or around NI Water sites. Diggers, lorries and other equipment can pose hidden risks.  The remoteness of many of our sites could also hamper and delay rescue attempts, should such a need arise.  

I would also appeal to the local community to be vigilant against vandalism at NI Water sites. Vandalism can cause major delays in work schedules aimed at providing local communities with a vital service and valuable time and money is wasted repairing such damage.”

NI Water has some simple steps on how to stay safe:

  1. Don’t climb on barriers and fences - They are there to protect you from serious injury and accidents when NI Water construction work is going on.
  2. Stay away from trenches and open manholes - They are dirty, deep and dangerous. They may also contain hazardous gases.
  3. Be careful near roads - never run out from behind parked vans or lorries as you could be knocked down and injured.
  4. Keep clear of equipment - You may see diggers, lorries, pipes and other equipment, but don’t be tempted - steer clear and don’t touch!
  5. Obey ‘Danger’ signs - reservoirs and treatment works can be very dangerous places, so stay well away and always obey the warning signs.


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