A burst water mains has flooded sports facilities in north Belfast and interrupted the water supply to many homes.
Northern Ireland Water said that changing rooms and sports pitches around north Belfast’s Valley Leisure Centre had experienced flooding as a result of the leak this afternoon, which happened on an area of nearby grass.
However, only the pavilion to the rear of the centre is understood to have been affected and no problems were foreseen for the complex itself – which is due to host the entire Newtownabbey election ballot count tomorrow.
NI Water announced that their engineers had been dispatched to fix the problem at around 5pm, warning that it could interrupt the supply to just under 1,000 residents in the north Belfast and Newtownabbey area.
But at 10pm, it said that the problem could take until Thursday morning to be resolved for many customers.
In a statement it said the burst pipe had been isolated and the system is now “recharging”.
It went on to add: “NI Water would like to thank customers for their patience while we worked to resolve this and we apologise for any inconvenience it has caused.
“Customers can contact Waterline on 08457 440088 for further information and advice.”