Beat the freeze, urges NI Water and DRD Minister Kennedy

NI Water launches vital 'Lag and Tag' message''Regional Development Minister, Danny Kennedy, and NI Water's Director of Customer Services Delivery, Sara Venning. INBM47-14
NI Water launches vital 'Lag and Tag' message''Regional Development Minister, Danny Kennedy, and NI Water's Director of Customer Services Delivery, Sara Venning. INBM47-14

Regional Development Minister, Danny Kennedy MLA and Sara Venning, Chief Executive of NI Water, are urging the people of Ballymoney and Moyle to ‘Beat the Freeze’ at the launch of the Winter Preparations Campaign at Parliament Buildings this week.

The message calls on the public to check that homes and businesses are prepared for the cold weather condin itions.

Danny Kennedy said: “The only thing we can be really certain of when it comes to our weather is that can be totally unpredictable! We can, however, prepare for whatever winter brings by checking our homes and properties are well protected.

“By taking a few simple steps, we can all play our part and help ‘Beat the Freeze’.

The advertising campaign is being rolled out through various media outlets including TV, radio, print and billboards.

The Minister continued: “Preparation is once again at the very core of NI Water’s advisory campaign.

“’Beat the Freeze’ is a quick and cost effective approach to help combat the cold weather. Simply, take a few minutes to ensure that water pipes are protected and well insulated, if not, then take action now and potentially save money, time and the inconvenience of dealing with a burst pipe.”

Chief Executive, Sara Venning, commented: “There are simple procedures the general public can carry out in order to ‘Beat the Freeze’. These include knowing where your stop valve is and keeping the contact number of a registered plumber on hand to deal with any bursts on your property.

“The devastation caused by burst pipes cannot be underestimated. Not only can the water cause structural damage to a property, but the lasting damage in a home can be to personal items, including photographs and electrical equipment such as tablets, iPads and laptops, that may not be replaceable.

“On a wider scale, if you imagine the impact of thousands of litres of water pouring out of burst water pipes; any water distribution network would struggle to maintain continuity of supply in those circumstances. Insulating your pipework is an essential action to protect your water supply and that of

your neighbours.”

The launch was supported by representatives from a number of organisations, including the Utility Regulator, CCNI, UFU, Federation of Small Businesses, NIIRTA, CBI among others.

NI Water has produced a handy stop valve tag to encourage customers to locate their valve in the event of a burst pipe. Customers can obtain a free tag and other promotional items, including room temperature cards and ice scrappers by phoning our Waterline number 08457440088, emailing or contacting us through Facebook or Twitter.

We also have a Customer Care Register which is designed to meet the needs of those requiring extra help or support from the organisation. Customers can phone the Waterline number or visit our website www.niwater.com