Targeting of NI Water Sites Causing Concern
17 September 2013 15:01NI Water is appealing for the assistance of the community after the discovery of unauthorised access and theft at Altnahinch Water Treatment Works in Loughguile.
Sadly, vandalism and theft are fairly common problems in some areas, and these can lead to considerable disruption and expense. Some incidents can potentially have very serious implications for the communities served by the facilities such as an interruption to the water supply or out-of-sewer flooding.
Emil Wylie of NI Water commented: “This latest incident at Altnahinch Water Treatment Works saw damage to the perimeter fence and the theft of diesel.
‘‘Unfortunately, vandalism is an all too common problem at some of our sites. All our facilities provide an essential service for the community, so any damage impacts on service delivery by NI Water. The cost is also a factor, and this creates a drain on resources that could be better used to improve services.
‘‘We are also very worried about the risks to personal safety. NI Water takes all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of our site, but we would point out that our working sites should only be accessed by trained and qualified personnel. I would call on those who are involved in vandalism and unauthorised access to desist immediately before they cause injury to themselves or a severe incident in their own local community.
‘‘Anyone who is aware of acts of vandalism can report the incident to the PSNI on 0845 600 8000, or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.’’