NI Water present to Newry, Mourne and Down Council

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
NI Water recently attended the monthly meeting of Newry, Mourne and Down ‘Shadow Council’ in Downpatrick to update members on local investment and on the ‘Beat the Freeze’ campaign, which encourages customers to protect their water pipes ahead of any severe winter weather.

Ivan Jackson, Head of OCMC, NI Water; Liam Hannaway, CEO Of Newry, Mourne and Down Council; and Ronan Larkin, Director of Finance and Regulation, NI Water, encouraging customers in the area to take action

The meeting also addressed a wide range of issues of interest to local representatives, including flooding, infrastructure and investment and forthcoming priorities. Ronan Larkin, NI Water’s Director of Finance and Regulation, who addressed the meeting, said, ‘‘This session is part of a wider engagement process undertaken by NI Water in relation to all 11 new ‘super-councils’, and we are planning meetings with the other local authorities in the coming weeks and months. ‘‘NI Water takes its obligations to its stakeholders seriously, and we welcome the opportunity to meet with councillors and officials in this format to outline our case and highlight our work within the Newry, Mourne and Down area. “We believe good working relationships with the Councils are important when delivering our services and building our capital programmes of work. As local government in Northern Ireland changes, NI Water is keen to continue playing a constructive and vital role in working alongside our colleagues in that sector,” he continued. ‘‘We were delighted to outline investment worth some £12.7 million in the council area over the current financial year, rising to over £37 million when the figures from 2013/14 are included. “This substantial sum, representing just over 16% of all PC13 capital spend, represents NI Water’s ongoing commitment to the region, something which can be seen in various prominent investments locally, including the Newcastle Wastewater Treatment Works, the Market Street wastewater upgrade in Downpatrick, a significant flood alleviation scheme in Rostrevor and an upgrade to Newry Road wastewater pumping station in Warrenpoint. ‘‘With winter now upon us, we also took the opportunity to update the council on our ‘Beat the Freeze’ campaign and assure them that we are prepared for the worst should severe weather strike this year. “We continue to encourage all our customers to take steps to ‘Beat the Freeze’ and avoid the disaster of burst pipes – further information on this can be found on our website,,’’ Ronan added.
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