Call for end to NI Water dispute

Emergency water supply in Dungiven. (DERR2001SJ3)
Emergency water supply in Dungiven. (DERR2001SJ3)
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Sinn Fein Councillor Sean McGlinchey has said efforts to end the current industrial dispute which left 1,550 homes in County Derry without water at the weekend must be intensified.

Colr. McGlinchey was speaking as NI Water said customers in the Dungiven, Feeny and Park areas should now have their water supply restored following a period of disruption.

Sinn Fein Colr. Sean McGlinchey.

Sinn Fein Colr. Sean McGlinchey.

Mr McGlinchey said: “More than 1,000 homes were left without a water supply in the Dungiven area this weekend. Access to water is one of the most basic human needs.

“The disruption to water services and the hardship caused to the families affected is being compounded by the current harsh weather. I am urging NI Water, the Regional Development minister, Danny Kennedy, and the unions to redouble their efforts to find an early resolution to this dispute so that no family is left without access to water.”

The company said approximately 1,550 homes in County Derry were affected by the disruption due to ongoing industrial action, but said all homes should now have supply restored.

“However, it is possible that water pressure may still be low in a number of areas as the system recharges, although this will cease to be the case over the next few hours. It is also possible that a small number of customers may be suffering from airlocks on their private system,” said a spokesperson for NI Water, adding: “NI Water remains on high alert with a Major Incident regime in place and we are committed to continued engagement with Trade Unions in an effort to resolve this dispute. The company would stress once more the key demand that pension reform be delayed is not within its gift to provide. It believes dialogue rather than causing disruption represents the best way forward.”