Hydrant vandalism disrupts Belfast water supplies
Hydrant vandalism disrupts Belfast water supplies.
Young people have been warned that vandalism of fire hydrants is not "harmless fun", with disruption being caused to water supplies over four days in north Belfast.
SDLP MLA Nichola Mallon has also urged NI Water to put a more robust system in place to prevent tampering with hydrants.
Ligoniel and New Lodge are among the areas that have been affected.
NI Water said some staff had come under threat as they tried to close hydrants.
"There have also been incidents 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," NI Water said.
‘Unthinkable scenario’ "This is totally unacceptable behaviour toward staff who are trying their best to do their job and protect the water supply to customers.
"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."
Ms Mallon said the disruption began on Sunday.
"Some young people might think this is harmless fun, it is not, it is causing serious disruption to people’s lives.