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Families fear that bug is linked to tap water

By Nevin Farrell

Published 11/05/2015

Carla Lockhart
Carla Lockhart

Families in the Moira area have reported being struck down with a bug which they fear could be linked to drinking water, a councillor has said.

The DUP's Carla Lockhart said she had been contacted by a number of families who have fallen ill in recent days when their tap-water appeared "contaminated".

She told the Belfast Telegraph: "There seems to have been a problem from Wednesday past. I contacted NI Water and they said they were having difficulties with a reservoir starting new turbines and some people were saying the water was brown.

"NI Water have assured me they have taken samples and the contamination is not harmful and the water is still drinkable, however I have informed them of a number of families where sickness has set in and there is some concern that the water is causing this sickness.

"NI Water are obviously taking this very seriously and anyone who I have indicated that there is sickness, they are going out and testing the water.

"It is bug-like symptoms and families said members are ill. I have had three reports of sickness and NI Water is saying to give them the addresses and they will go out and test that water."

A NI Water spokeswoman said: "NI Water has been working over the weekend to resolve a water quality issue in the Moira area including Magheralin, Dollingstown, Ballinderry, Aghalee, Aghagallon and Maghaberry.

"Scientific staff have been analysing water quality since the incident started and all tests have shown the water supply is bacteriologically satisfactory.

"It is suspected that a newly laid trunk main is the cause of sediment in water at customers taps. Staff have been flushing the system. Customers who are still experiencing cloudy water are advised to keep running their taps for periods of time."

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