THERE is to be a full investigation into the NI Water response to the Freeze-Thaw incident that left homes, businesses and organisations without essential water supplies across Northern Ireland.
The Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy said, “At the Executive meeting on 30th December I was asked to bring forward proposals for an external review of the response of NI Water to the recent ‘Freeze-Thaw’ incident.
“Following consideration of this matter I am proposing that the NI Authority for Utility Regulation – the Regulator – will conduct this review. The Regulator is an established independent body which already has a statutory duty to regulate water and sewerage services. It is therefore suitably qualified and has access to the range of required industry skills and expertise to conduct the review. The Executive will consider these proposals at its meeting tomorrow afternoon.
“I have today brought forward a paper for discussion at the Executive meeting tomorrow and this will include Terms of Reference proposed by the Regulator for the review. The Regulator has advised the earliest it could report to the Executive would be the end of February but it will, during the investigation, where feasible, identify any short-term recommendations for the Company to consider and improve performance, should such weather conditions recur this winter.”