Published Wednesday, 16 March 2011
The figures were revealed on Wednesday by SDLP MLA Conall McDevitt.
Thousands of households were left without water during the crisis over the Christmas period, with many people critical about the lack of information provided by NI Water.
"The figures provided today to the Assembly's Regional Development Committee show that on Wednesday 29 December, 528 employees, that's 40% of the total workforce, were on leave. The figures for Thursday 30 and Friday 31 December are also alarmingly high at 35%.
"This will further corroborate many people's suspicions that NIW was not at all in control of this crisis," Mr McDevitt said.
The assembly member said people now need assurances that if a similar crisis happens again "half of the staff will not be on holiday."