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Keady residents left high and dry on warmest day of the year following burst watermain

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Bottled water on the left compared to mains water in Keady on Sunday

Residents in Keady may have been left a little parched on Sunday after a burst watermain in the town on Sunday.

While temperatures soared to their highest of the year so far, many residents were left a little high and dry with drinking water looking less than appealing.

Several residents contacted Armagh I about the issue on Sunday.

And while the water was brown in colour, NI Water assures it was safe to drink.

An NI Water spokesperson, speaking to Armagh I, said: “NI Water carried out emergency repair work on a burst watermain in the Keady area on Sunday, June 4.

“NI Water is aware that some customers experienced discoloured water, which can happen when there has been an interruption to the water supply and the operational activity associated with restoring the water supply.

“Air in the water can sometimes cause a discolouration but we assure customers that the water was completely safe to drink. NI Water teams responded by carrying out remedial flushing to resolve the discolouration and would like to thank the public for their patience while the situation was being resolved.

“NI Water has a robust testing and sampling system which sees over 120,000 samples lifted and analysed each year as required by the Drinking Water Regulations. Samples are taken from customer homes, from drinking water reservoirs and from treatment plants with sampling and analysis carried out 365 days per year.

“Bursts of this nature can occur anywhere on our network, for a variety of reasons, including the age and condition of the pipework, location, weather etc.

“NI Water are encouraging customers to sign up to its free text alert service which keeps them updated about anything that may impact on their water supply or any of our other services in the area. Sign up here

“We would also ask the public to report any run of water they may see using our online form at: Report A Leak Or Burst Pipe – Northern Ireland Water ( You are our eyes and ears when out and about, particularly in rural areas.

“We would like to thank the public for their patience while we worked to resolve this issue.”

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