Homes in Draperstown and Pomeroy are still without water after days of disruption to the supply during the worst weather of the winter so far.
In a statement on Sunday, NI Water said they regret that “as many as 2,500 properties in Counties Tyrone, L’Derry and Fermanagh may have suffered disruption to their water supply due to ongoing industrial action”.
Cookstown councillor Cathal Mallaghan expressed his anger that people in Pomeroy had been left without water for up to five days.
“So if this weeks water crisis is a result of NI Water staff working to rule. Just how much over time does it take to keep the system running?” Cllr Mallaghan asked on Twitter.
The areas affected include:
Carrickmore, Dungannon (Sultan Road), Glenhull, Greencastle, Loughmacrory, Mountfield, Omagh (Camcosy Road, Gorticashel Road, Cairn Road, Cloghan Road, Fernagh Road, Green Road, Striff Lane), Pomeroy (Camlough Road and Loughmallon) and Sixmilecross.
Castlederg, Drumquin, Ederney (Drumcullion Road), Kesh, Killen (Scraghy Road), Fintona and Lack.
Curragh Rd, Brishey and Banagher areas of Dungiven, Feeney, Park, and Gortnaghey.
Cahore Heights and surrounding areas
Sluggan Road, Bardahessiagh Lane
The statement from NI water continued: “NI Water is working to minimise disruption to customers’ supplies. Due to the industrial action, limited alternative water supplies will be available. The location of the alternative water supplies (water from plastic tanks) will be available via the postcode search on niwater.com or by contacting us on 08457 440088. Customers will need to bring their own containers to collect water from the tanks. Customers should boil the water before use.
“NI Water fully recognises this is a frustrating experience for our customers, and can assure them we are doing everything possible to restore water supplies as quickly as possible.
“NI Water would like to once again thank our customers for their continued patience whilst this problem is being resolved.
Despite the fact the company has in place contingency plans to minimise disruption due to the industrial action, resources available to NI Water, out of normal working hours, remain very limited. As a result service levels have been impacted, in particular in relation to responses to emergency situations.”