Watermains upgrades coming to the Newry Area

Declan McAteer Posted by
Friday, December 2nd, 2011

NI Water today announced that work will commence on their ongoing water mains improvement programme, which will cover Bessbrook, Meigh and the wider Newry area. The water supply infrastructure in the area will be improved and upgraded at the cost of approximately £12 million. The work begins this month and is set to reach completion in Spring 2013.

DRD Minister Danny Kennedy said: “I welcome this major investment which will provide significant benefits for local residents and businesses including improved mains water supply and overall reliability of service.”

Bill Gowdy, Acting Director of Engineering Procurement at NI Water added:

“This work is good news for the local area, particularly over the winter months, as the upgraded water mains will dramatically improve the quality, reliability and flexibility of water supply, while also reducing leakage.
“NI Water’s existing infrastructure is aging and in certain areas, the system does not have the capacity to accommodate an increase in housing or development.”

This work will be completed in sections and traffic management including signage will be in place throughout this work. Further updates will be available once the scheme gets under way.

Residents in the affected work areas will be advised as NI Water and their contractors Farrans and Lagans Construction plan to carry out letter drops. Speaking about the plans, NI Water said: “We would like to thank the public in advance for their co-operation and patience during this essential improvement work. There may be some disruption and delays in the area at peak times during this work, but we would like to assure customers that every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum. ”

NI Water’s customer relations team can be contacted via Waterline on 08457 440088. Customers with any questions on the scheme should quote “Farrans Utilities Water Mains Rehabilitation Programme”.

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