NI WATER has raised serious concerns about a recent break-in and arson attack at the Ballywonard Service Reservoir near Mallusk.
The fire caused damage to chlorine sampling equipment and an outbuilding, which is now structurally unsafe and will need extensive work to repair.
NI Water representative Darren Rock, who has been dealing with the incident, explained: “While such actions may be considered harmless fun or a victimless crime, NI Water would like to stress that there are serious risks, not only to those carrying out the break-in, but also to the public and the environment.
“We would appeal to those involved to think about their behaviour and stop immediately. There is also the added risk that young children could enter the site, exposing them to serious injury.”
He added: “The cost of repairing the damage is also a factor. This work creates a needless drain on resources that could be better used to improve services to the local community.
“NI Water needs the help and support of the whole community to protect these vital resources and is calling on those engaging in these acts to cease immediately.”
To report an incident at any NI Water site, telephone Waterline on 08457 440088.