NI Water invests in £2m upgrade programme

NI Water has earmarked £2m for a project to upgrade a number of wastewater pumping stations and deliver environmental improvements across Northern Ireland.

The investment will see the installation of modern pumping and electrical equipment to increase the efficiency of the pumping stations and help reduce out-of-sewer flooding.

Through the investment the water utility company will look to save money by reducing the number of call outs by NI Water operatives.

Local contracting firm Graham Construction will undertake the first phase of the work – which will see 30 pumping stations refurbished in the North Down area by March.

Yesterday NI Water announced that it was engaged in a programme of improving and upgrading the water supply infrastructure in the greater Dungannon area. Upgrading the water mains would improve the reliability of supply, improve drinking water quality and help reduce leakage, it claimed.

This latest investment follows on from a string of improvements NI Water made to its systems in 2012.

In April last year the utility company commenced work on a £1m upgrade to its Tamnaherin wastewater treatment works to ensure environmental standards compliance.

Forming part of NI Water’s multi-million pound Rural Wastewater Investment project, which aims to ensure the treated effluent meets the latest EU Directives, it also installed a new wastewater treatment unit at a housing development near Rathfriland in May.

Conor McGlone

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