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Water due to be back on for 200 Co Tyrone customers

By Lesley Houston

Around 200 properties in Co Tyrone expect to have their water supply restored by this morning as the NI Water crisis continues.

Homes and businesses in parts of Cookstown were left without water yesterday as NI Water employees continue their industrial action over pension reform.

But by noon on Tuesday, officials confirmed work was under way to have customers fully restored within hours.

The process was expected to be completed by late last night.

In a statement, an NI Water spokesperson confirmed some customers would have to be patient for their supply to be working fully.

"Those customers on higher ground and those affected by air locks in the system, however, may experience a slight delay in their supply returning," the company said yesterday. "Approximately 200 properties served by the Lough Fea Water Treatment Works (Cookstown area) may be currently experiencing disruption to their water supply due to the ongoing industrial action.

"However, NI Water is using all resources at its disposal today in order to resolve this."

Disruption to the supply at a number of other properties in the area on Monday had been rectified by yesterday afternoon.

At the weekend, 10,000 properties west of the Bann were left without water. The last 150 were only reconnected yesterday.

Workers have withdrawn out-of-hours cover, claiming increased pension contributions could cost up to £100 a month. They want a corresponding rise in salaries.

Talks between NI Water and the unions are continuing.

NI Water's customer call centre is on 08457 440088

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