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Many homes in Northern Ireland still without water supply

Hundreds of householders were still without water yesterday as engineers worked to restore supply cut off by the freezing weather.

Northern Ireland Water said the supply of water to homes across Co Tyrone, in Londonderry and in parts of Co Antrim and Co Fermanagh was still affected by burst pipes.

A spokesman said its emergency line had taken 8,000 calls since Sunday. But there was good news for some, he added.

“Water levels in a number of service reservoirs have increased overnight which has reduced the number of customers without supply. Bulk tankering of water supplies to service reservoirs in the affected areas is continuing.

“Our staff have been on the ground in the affected areas throughout the incident working around the clock to help restore customer supplies. Engineers have also been taken off other non-critical duties and drafted in to deal with the incident.”

While there were fewer calls yesterday, repeat calls were still coming from affected areas, he said — and where possible emergency supplies were being transported to customers without water.

But he warned that more burst water mains and leaks on private pipes could be in store if temperatures fell. “We would reiterate our call for customers to check any vacant properties, especially agriculture buildings, animal drinking troughs and holiday homes. If you do see any bursts or runs of water, please contact us immediately.”

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