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Belfast resident Sharon Hunter: "It's ridiculous NI Water didn't foresee this"
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* Personal stories from home owners
* Where to get fresh water
About 40,000 people across Northern Ireland are struggling to cope without water supplies.
Northern Ireland Water has warned that the disruption could continue for several more days.
Ministers and officials are meeting to take stock of widespread disruption caused by burst pipes.
Originally posted by stumason
reply to post by RedGolem
As with the rest of the issues caused by this bout of freezing weather, because it is so rare, we are not prepared for it.
Without actually digging up the hundreds (thousands?) of miles of water pipes in N.I, this kind of issue can happen again. It has to be said though that the temps they've had over the past few weeks have been pretty unprecedented and dipping beyond -10c, which is bloody cold for the UK and more than enough to bugger up any pipe containing water. Remember, water expands as it cools and water under pressure in a pipe is particulary prone to bursting if temps plummet as much as they have.
Originally posted by jrmcleod
A simple trick learned from those who live in colder winters and far colder temps is before you go to bed at night, keep you cold water tap trickling out a tiny amount of water into you kitchen sink or bathroom sink. This will prevent the water from freezing as it is kept moving. Just have it running a tiny amount.