Belfast residents left with no running water due to second incident of fire hydrant abuse in a week
Belfast residents have been left with no running water due to the second incident of fire hydrant abuse in a week.
Due to the vandalism NI Water had to shut down fire hydrants in the New Lodge and North Queen Street areas on Saturday night.
It received 20 calls from residents who had no water as a result.
A spokeswoman said: "Some may see it as ‘harmless fun’ by kids, but the reality is, as they play in the water, homes and businesses are suffering low water pressure or no water at all.
"There have also been incidents in the past where NI Water staff have come under threat from local youths when they try to close the hydrant down, having to return late into the night when the crowds have gone.
"This is totally unacceptable behaviour toward staff who are trying their best to do their job and protect the water supply to customers."
NI water said the "whole community" along with political representatives need to help stop the vandalism.
"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 fire. NI Water has utilised the ‘vandal’ proof hydrant lids in an attempt to stop the hydrants being vandalised, however, if someone has the time and the resources, they can eventually break these open.
"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.”
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