Residents reported unwell after drinking tap water

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Homeowners in the Dollingstown area are growing increasingly frustrated after being left without clear water in their homes.

Residents across Magheralin and Kilmore have also encountered the issue, reporting ‘brown’ and ‘cloudy’ water that tasted ‘metallic’.

Councillor Carla Lockhart was inundated with residents’ complaints and asked NI Water to tackle the problem.

“NI Water informed me that this recent problem of contamination was caused by starting up new turbines,” Mrs Lockhart explained.

“Some residents reported feeling unwell after drinking from the taps, though I’ve now been assured that the water is safe to drink.”

In a statement, NI Water explained that work was being carried out to solve the issue:

“Scientific staff have been analysing water quality since the incident started and all tests have shown the water supply is bacteriologically satisfactory. NI Water would like to reassure customers the quality of their water is of paramount importance, and continuous testing has been carried out to monitor the situation.

“NI Water works closely with the Public Health Agency and the Drinking Water Inspectorate when monitoring water quality issues in Northern Ireland.

“It is suspected that a newly laid trunk main is the cause of sediment in water at customer taps. Staff have been working throughout the weekend and over the course of today flushing the system.

“Customers who are still experiencing cloudy water are advised to keep running their taps for periods of time.

“NI Water apologises for the inconvenience this is causing customers in this area.”