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Video: Northern Ireland hosepipe ban: Water situation 'improving' - 18 incidents of fire hydrant abuse

Northern Ireland Water has said the water supply situation is slowly improving, although the hosepipe ban remains in place.

As Northern Ireland continues to be in the grip of a heatwave the water provider has seen demand surge to 25% higher than normal. The problem, it says, is mainly to do with treating water rather than a low supply.

NI Water also said that since its hosepipe ban was put in place on Friday there had been 18 incidents of fire hydrant abuse in Belfast, Newcastle, Draperstown and Magherafelt.

"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," said NI Water chief executive Sara Venning.

"We 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 Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service to deal with the fire."

"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."

She added: “We believe we are seeing a slowly improving picture, however, demand is still 25% higher than normal.  NI Water is monitoring the situation continuously.  We do not want the ban to continue any longer than is necessary, however, the ban will not be lifted until we are confident there is enough treated water to meet the required water demands. 

“Demand remains high, particularly during peak times, so we are still urging people to conserve water.

“We continue to maximise our water production and I am grateful to our dedicated workforce who are working continuously day and night to ensure we keep customers in supply.”

Warm weather continues across Northern Ireland with very little rainfall with as seen here at Spelga Dam in the Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, where the water level has dropped to show the old bridge and road which ran through the area before the dam was built. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Warm weather continues across Northern Ireland with very little rainfall with as seen here at Spelga Dam in the Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, where the water level has dropped to show the old bridge and road which ran through the area before the dam was built. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Warm weather continues across Northern Ireland with very little rainfall with as seen here at Spelga Dam in the Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, where the water level has dropped to show the old bridge and road which ran through the area before the dam was built. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: 10 year old Cora Knocker from Belfast pictured in Belfast enjoying the Beautiful weather in Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press 28/06/2018 Cooling down at the water fountain during the hot weather in Belfast on Thursday, that is thought to be the hottest day of the year, as the sunshine continues. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Adrienne Maginness from Belfast.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Katie Shearer and Joshua Reid from Ballyclare.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Joshua aged 9 and mum Tanya McClelland from Lisburn.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Sophia McKillion from Dungannon.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Francesca McKillion, Sophia McKillion and Marion McKillion all from Dungannon.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Peter Lawther from Carrickfergus.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Phil Graham from Moira.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Anna Mc Cavana aged 11, Sarah Gaw aged 3 and Catherine Gaw aged 11 all from Randalstown.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Anna Mc Cavana aged 11, Sarah Gaw aged 3 and Catherine Gaw aged 11 all from Randalstown.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Anna Mc Cavana aged 11 and Catherine Gaw aged 11 from both from Randalstown.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Jarek Stanczak enjoying the sun.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Tanya McClelland from Lisburn
Pacemaker Press 28/06/2018 Cooling down at the water fountain during the hot weather in Belfast on Thursday, that is thought to be the hottest day of the year, as the sunshine continues. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 28/06/2018 Cooling down at the water fountain during the hot weather in Belfast on Thursday, that is thought to be the hottest day of the year, as the sunshine continues. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
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Pacemaker Press Belfast 28-06-2018: Northern Ireland weather is to be hot or very hot, perhaps the hottest day on record. The Met Office say the hottest day on record currently stands at 30.8 Celsius. Walkers pictured enjoying the early morning weather in Hazelbank Park near Belfast. Picture By Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 28-06-2018: Northern Ireland weather is to be hot or very hot, perhaps the hottest day on record. The Met Office say the hottest day on record currently stands at 30.8 Celsius. Walkers out enjoying the early morning weather in Hazelbank Park near Belfast. Picture By Arthur Allison.
(L-R) Louise McFredrick and local boxing star Michaela Walsh in Botanic Gardens / Credit: Press Eye/ Declan Roughan
Press Eye - Weather Pictures Botanic Gardens - Belfast - 27th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Lorenzo Rogers Camarena aged 1, Karla Rogers Camatena and Domnic Corra.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures Botanic Gardens - Belfast - 27th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Press Eye - Weather Pictures Botanic Gardens - Belfast - 27th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Dennis Kurmis from Lithuania enjoys the sun in Botanic
Press Eye - Weather Pictures Botanic Gardens - Belfast - 27th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Dennis Kurmis from Lithuania enjoys the sun in Botanic
Press Eye - Weather Pictures Botanic Gardens - Belfast - 27th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Charlie Nesbitt and Georgia Gorman having fun in the sprinkler system.
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
From L-R Hilary Robinson , Pat and Donald Nesbitt enjoying the warm weather at Castle gardens in Antrim on Wednesday, as the nice weather continues. Pic Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th May 2018 People enjoy the sunshine in Botanic Gardens in Belfast as Northern Ireland continues to get good weather. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th May 2018 People enjoy the sunshine in Botanic Gardens in Belfast as Northern Ireland continues to get good weather. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Pacemaker Press 30/5/2018 A Dog cools down during the warm weather at Castle gardens in Antrim on Wednesday, as the nice weather continues. Pic Pacemaker
Catching rays on Ballycastle Beach on Monday as part of the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival which runs from now until the 3rd June with a packed programme of activities on Rathlin Island and Ballycastle. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
(L-R) Alphie Mc Cormack aged 10 from Lisburn and Charli-Jo Phoenix aged 9 from Lisburn. Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN WITH PARENTAL PERMISSION Aaron Conolly aged 9 from Belfast.
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN WITH PARENTAL PERMISSION Tom Wade aged 18 months from Belfast.
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN WITH PARENTAL PERMISSION Aaron Conolly aged 9 from Belfast.
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN WITH PARENTAL PERMISSION (L-R) Micah Wylie aged 4 from Belfast and Lucy Boucher aged 5 from Antrim.
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Sarah Dornan from Belfast, Margaret Mitchell from Belfast and Bobby and Sandra McKay from Holywood.
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN WITH PARENTAL PERMISSION (L-R) Tara Janssen, Matthew Curliss and Desmond King, all from Belfast.
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Pacemaker Press 28/05/2018 Enjoying the hot weather at Hazelbank Park in near Belfast on Bank holiday Monday, which is thought to be the warmest day of the year. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 28/05/2018 Enjoying the hot weather at Hazelbank Park in near Belfast on Bank holiday Monday, which is thought to be the warmest day of the year. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 28/05/2018 A sun hat for the hot weather at Belfast City Hall on Bank holiday Monday, which is thought to be the warmest day of the year. PIC Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 28/05/2018 Enjoying the hot weather at Hazelbank Park in near Belfast on Bank holiday Monday, which is thought to be the warmest day of the year. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 28/05/2018 Enjoying the hot weather at Hazelbank Park in near Belfast on Bank holiday Monday, which is thought to be the warmest day of the year. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 28/05/2018 Enjoying the hot weather at Hazelbank Park in near Belfast on Bank holiday Monday, which is thought to be the warmest day of the year. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Sunseekers enjoying a beautiful hot sunny day in the grounds of Botanic Gardens in Belfast.
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - 25th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan People enjoying the weather at Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - 25th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Marie Byrne aged 3 from Belfast
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - 25th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Conor Gormley and Caolan Teague busking and enjoying the weather at Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - 25th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan No Photo Permission Obtained
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - 25th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Clare Quinn from Cookstown Lorna Loughran from Newry and Kiera O'Neill from Lurgan enjoying the weather at Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - 25th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Katie Sugrue from Newtownbutler and Eimear Cassidy from Derry enjoying the weather at Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - 25th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Clare Quinn from Cookstown Lorna Loughran from Newry and Kiera O'Neill from Lurgan enjoying the weather at Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - 25th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan People enjoying the weather at Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Carnew near Katesbridge. Credit: Glynis Herron.
Tom Wallace (2) enjoying an ice cream in Botanic gardens during the warm weather. Pic by Peter Morrison
Hundreds of people enjoy the warm weather at Botanic gardens. Pic by Peter Morrison
Poodles play and paddle at Benone Strand in Co-Derry as temperatures soar to mid-twenties on Wednesday. Picture Margaret McLaughlin 23-5-18

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