The news from Northern Ireland does not seem good at present.
Vandals have opened valves on bowsers in County Tyrone and emptied out nearly 5,000 gallons (22,730 litres) of water.
from BBC News NI
And were the demands on water not high enough, others set fire to vehicles in Lisburn. Which means that more water is required to put out the fire by the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service. Of course, it was not just in Lisburn that there were fires last night – in the early hours of the New Year, as Andrew and I walked home from the party at Conor‘s, I smelt burning. Burning coming from the rear of a property on the Holywood Road in Belfast. Now being the good Scout that I am, I set off to see what was burning. Initially it smelt like wood, but then it became clear that it was a large wheelie bin on fire up against the back of the property. It seemed to be quite close to a refrigeration unit, so I called the Fire Service.
We remained near to the site until the firemen arrived. On our way home we saw many more from the emergency services: it was obviously a busy night. I hope that tonight there will be no further actions from vandals and arsonists that put at risk the health of others in Northern Ireland.
In the coming weeks and months the Northern Ireland Executive will have to see what can be done to sort out the historical underinvestment in the water service in Northern Ireland, but at the moment the concentration ought to be on getting everyone reconnected to the mains as quickly as is humanly possible. The time for knee-jerk reactions is not now.
- You: Water shortage hits Northern Ireland (guardian.co.uk)
- 40,000 struggle in NI water crisis (bbc.co.uk)
- NORTHERN IRELAND WATER CRISIS: Families use lemonade to flush toilets (dailymail.co.uk)
- Still No Water For 4,000 In Northern Ireland (news.sky.com)