Northern Ireland

Report of burst water main in Kilkeel

Image caption Last week up to 3,000 homes were without water in Kilkeel, County Down, due to a burst main

Northern Ireland Water is investigating reports of a burst water main in Kilkeel, County Down.

The company has said it is contacting nursing homes and critical care customers in the area to check their supply status.

Last week up to 3,000 homes in the town were without water because of a burst main on the Head Road.

NI Water said customers on the Blacks Road in west Belfast may also have supply affected due to a "burst".

It said customers in both areas could phone its Waterline on 08457 440088 for further assistance.

The affected areas in west Belfast include William Alexandra Park, Larkfield Avenue and Larkfield Park.

Newry and Mourne councillor, Henry Reilly, said that water from the burst main in Kilkeel was "shooting out and going maybe 50 metres in the air".

"The water is so intense that cars can hardly pass it," he added.

SDLP leader and South Down MP, Margaret Ritchie, said the reasons behind the burst water mains in Kilkeel, had to be "found and dealt with".

She said she had organised a meeting with NI Water about the matter.

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