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‘Thousands’ of litres of clean water being lost

A KILLYCLOGHER homeowner believes that a leak close to his property is causing thousands of litres of clean water to be lost every day.

Joe Ferris, who lives on Tirquin Road, said he first became aware of the issue with the water back in June.

His brother, Brian, who worked for the water service for 40 years, discovered that there was a substantial amount of clean water running through the sewerage system manhole at the back of his bungalow.

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After the water meter was located outside a nearby property, Mr Ferris calculated that, every minute, there was around 12 litres of clean water from the mains supply flowing through the antiquated sewerage system which services his bungalow.

According to his calculations, this works out at 17,280 litres every day and equates to around six million litres of clean water being lost in a year.

Mr Ferris, who believes the leak is coming from a property close to his bungalow, contacted Northern Ireland Water with his concerns.

With such a large volume of water going to waste, he said, “Clean water shouldn’t be in the sewer. It shouldn’t be happening and I’m looking to get it stopped.”

In response, a spokesperson for NI Water said it “fully appreciated” the concerns of residents in relation to a run of water in a manhole in the Tirquin Road area.

The spokesperson said, “Wastewater and Networks Water teams have both been on site to investigate the matter on September 18, 19 and 20. NI Water can confirm that it is a run of clean water, and therefore is not linked to any defects within our wastewater infrastructure.

“NI Water can also confirm that the run of water is on private pipework and not on NI Water infrastructure.”

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Further investigations were carried out yesterday (Wednesday) to clarify the responsibility with regards to the leak and required repair, the spokesperson said.

“If a leak is confirmed to be on private pipework, NI Water will issue a Leakage Notice to the responsible party to ensure the required repair is completed promptly. NI Water would like to thank residents for their patience while this matter was resolved,” the spokesperson added.

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