Welcome for Bannagher water improvement work

Sinn F�in Representative for the Claudy Banagher area Cathy Nelis with local resident Seamus Deeny at the Tireighter Bridge. (0802MM08)
Sinn F�in Representative for the Claudy Banagher area Cathy Nelis with local resident Seamus Deeny at the Tireighter Bridge. (0802MM08)

Work to improve the mains water service to homes in the Bannagher area has been welcomed by local residents.

Staff from NI Water have been lagging pipes at Tireighter Bridge which carry water to hundreds of homes in the area.

The move comes after many people living in the area were left without water during the recent extreme weather over the Christmas period.

The work has been welcomed by Sinn Féin representative for the Bannagher and Claudy areas, Cathy Nelis.

Ms Nelis, a member of the District Policing Partnership board, said the work was carried out after Sinn Féin made representations to NI Water.

“I was contacted by a number of residents in the Banagher area who lost water supply to their homes during the recent period of extreme bad weather.

“This is not the first time that people living in this area have lost water supplies to their homes. The loss of supply caused them real hardship.

“The supply of electricity and water is vital for the day to day living of people in rural areas and particularly those with farms and tending to livestock,” she explained.

Ms Nelis added that local people had identified the source of the problems with their water supply to pipes running under Tireighter Bridge which froze during the cold snap at the end of December.

“The reason for the cut off in supply to their homes was that the pipes which run under the Tireighther Bridge froze during recent sub zero temperatures. Sinn Féin have received confirmation from NI Water that the installation of lagging on the pipework on the underside of the bridge has been scheduled to be completed in the next few weeks.

“It is anticipated that this will help reduce the likelihood of pipes freezing in future. I would like to thank NI Water for their prompt response on this issue,” she said.