Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Water crisis - Belfast Council offers free showers

Tempers flare as families queue for the last few crates of bottled water at NI Water in Ballymena
Alan Lewis - 28/12/2010Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin KernoghanFamilies queueing for the last few crates of bottled water at NI Water in Ballymena today. NI Water in Ballymena ran out of bottled water after lunchtime today. The thaw is revealing an unprecedented number of burst water pipes.Thousands of homes and businesses in Northern Ireland are still without water on Tuesday.Northern Ireland Water has said it is dealing with interruptions to supplies across a number of areas as a result of the severe weather and ongoing thaw.An unprecedented number of leaks caused by the thaw have been putting "big pressure" on its systems.NI Water is giving out bottled water but there is growing criticism of the company's performance.

Belfast City Council has opened an emergency call centre for people affected by the current disruption to water supplies.

Belfast residents can call 0800 707 6965 for information on where to get water and what other assistance the council can give.

Emergency water supplies are available from three Belfast City Council leisure centres – Avoniel, Olympia and Whiterock. Subject to supplies being available from NI Water, there is a limit of 20 litres per person and householders must bring their own containers.

The council also is advising people to boil the water before drinking it.

Shower facilities are available, free of charge, at all Belfast City Council leisure centres, although Andersonstown and Avoniel currently are without mains supplies.

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