Scottish Water, Scottish Fire and Rescue, and Police Scotland are warning the public about the consequences of fire hydrant vandalism.

With the school summer holidays now in full flow, the three organisations are urging people not to set off fire hydrants and calling on anyone who witnesses this to report it to police.

Fire hydrant vandalism incidents tend to spike during summer and can cause disruption of water supply to customers, reduced water pressure or discoloured water, and flooding in streets.

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Gary Caig, Scottish Water’s operations manager in the Glasgow area, said: “Some may see it as ‘harmless fun’ but that’s not the case. The reality is that as they play in the water, homes and businesses are suffering low water pressure or no water at all.

“What’s more, firefighters rely on these hydrants for fighting fires and a shortage of water could endanger people’s lives and property.”