NI Water splash out 10.8m investment

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

NI Water has invested 10.8 million in Newry, Mourne and Down during the 2017/18 financial year.

The news was revealed as the body made a presentation to Newry, Mourne and Down District Council last week.

Ronan Larkin, NI Water's Director of Finance and Regulation, who addressed the meeting, said: As part of NI Water's ongoing proactive campaign of local government engagement, my colleagues and I were very pleased to outline investment worth some 10.8 million in the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area over the current financial year, which represents part of a cumulative capital investment in the area of 31.4 million since 2015.

This substantial investment is prioritised to protect the local environment, reduce the risk of flooding and help ensure our customers have an uninterrupted clean water supply.

NI Water s ongoing commitment to the District includes the recently completed 3 million upgrade works at Camlough Lake; the ongoing restoration of a 2.5km stretch of the Mourne Wall; an appraisal of the leisure facilities at the iconic Silent Valley Mountain Park; upgrades to their Newry hub office in the city's Carnbane Industrial Estate; flooding investigation work in Warrenpoint; and upgrade works to wastewater facilities.

Mr Larkin added, As well as outlining our key investment priorities, we took the opportunity to update the Council on our winter awareness campaign for 2017/18, focusing on the theme - Frozen Pipes can Flood Homes - we want to encourage home and business owners right across Newry, Mourne and Down to take precautions now to protect their properties in advance of any severe weather this winter and to ward against the disaster of frozen and burst pipes and the damage they can cause.

We were also very proud to talk about the high quality of our Mourne Mountain Water , which was the subject of a prominent social media campaign this summer people thought they were sampling a new bottled water brand without realising they were drinking tap water all along!

Given the District's status as a major tourist hub and a key component of the Belfast-Dublin economic corridor, NI Water will continue to liaise with the Council to ensure that investment is prioritised according to the area's needs.

We also updated the Council on several other key issues relating to NI Water, including recent significant improvements to our customer service capability, with particular focus on digital communication, and our efforts to clamp down on water theft and illegal connections to the water and wastewater network, matters to which NI Water attaches great importance.

Mr Larkin concluded, NI Water takes its obligations to its stakeholders seriously, and we continue to welcome the opportunity to meet with councillors and officials in this format to outline our initiatives and highlight our ongoing work within the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area as we continue to deliver what matters for everyone in Northern Ireland.

We believe good working relationships with local government are vital when delivering our services and building our capital programmes of work.


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