NI Water Debacle

A reader submitted the following:

There are surely a number of people in the firing line in the current NI water debacle. While the senior management are rightly responsible for the response and communication issues, I certainly believe that as a public body NI Water should have emergency and contingency planning.
Where is the ministerial input in this as this has failed?
Also for short term popularity the Assembly has deferred water charges affecting infrastructure upgrades. For this the Assembly Members who voted for this delay are surely to blame.
Also why has it taken until 30th December for an emergency session at Stormont while citizens have been in dire need for over a week?

Just to clarify, the session the reader refers to was actually a meeting of the Executive and not the NI Assembly.

The Regional Development Committee (which undertakes a scrutiny, policy development and consultation role with respect to the Department for Regional Development) will meet on Thursday 6 January 2011 to be “briefed from the Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Water on the handling of severe winter weather conditions and ongoing supply issues”.  Find out more at

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