NI Water are appealing to the public for help as their monitoring systems across Northern Ireland has recording a rapid increase in water use.
A spokesperson for NI Water said “We urgently need your help. We are appealing for the public, business owners and key holders to check all water supplies, inside and outside any property under your responsibility, for burst pipes and leaks”
Properties most as risk are unoccupied homes, public buildings and businesses with outside taps, animal drinking troughs and buildings which were unheated during the recent cold snap are particularly vulnerable to freeze-thaw bursts.
“It is our priority to ensure customers do not experience an interruption to their water supply so we need to reduce the current level of high demand on our network caused by bursts and leaks”.
“The onset of the thaw means we are seeing a significant increase in bursts and we are also recording a rapid increase in water use
If you come across a leak on your property please turn off the water supply and call a plumber”
NI Water has today (Sunday) reported an increase of 279% in burst water mains an increase of 29% from yesterday (Saturday)
The appeal comes as temperatures have plummeted over the past week. This week with the dicey December temperatures, the cold weather payment has come into play. This happens when the Met Office notifies the Department for Communities when the trigger for Cold Weather Payments has been reached.