220,000 families in Northern Ireland face water contamination alert

Water safety concerns in Northern Ireland


On 13th April 2009, a water safety alert affecting about 220,000 households across Northern Ireland was issued.

People in Greater Belfast and parts of counties Antrim and Down were asked to boil cooking and drinking water in case it is contaminated. NI Water issued a warning on Monday after a potential problem was spotted at Dunore Point treatment plant. This was said to be a precautionary measure.

The problem areas include Antrim, Ballyclare, Ballymena, Belfast, Broughshane, Carnlough, Carryduff, Castlereagh, Crumlin, Dundonald, Dunmurry, Glenarm, Glenavy, Holywood, Kells, Newtownabbey, Randalstown, Templepatrick, and Toomebridge. NI Water said tests would continue until samples returned to normal and that customers would be notified as soon as their water could be used without boiling.

If you or someone you know has been affected by this issue please contact our specialist team for further information on: 0870 1500 100