Hand built by the Belfast Water Commissioners between 1904 and 1922 to mark and protect the 9,000-acre water catchment which feeds the Silent Valley and Ben Crom Reservoirs, the Mourne wall has been a listed monument since 1996 and today is in the ownership of NI Water.
This most recent phase of the Mourne Wall Restoration Project saw over 600 repairs undertaken along the 22mile-long granite structure – including a 27m collapse on Slieve Bernagh – as well as extensive path works. The project, which was originally estimated to take four years, was completed in less than two.
NI Water’s vision is to be a valued and trusted provider of one of Northern Ireland’s most essential services. We want to deliver a safe and reliable service that meets all our customer expectations at the best possible value for money.
Our innovation strategy is designed to support this vision and we take the position of a World Class contender, seeking to embed original ideas into our business.
NI Water is always looking for innovative ideas, services, processes or equipment that are already market ready (or very close to it) that will offer either incremental or step changes in how we can improve the delivery of our service. To date we have completed a number of projects showing our commitment to innovation.
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NI Water in conjunction with RSPB and NIEA used a Sustainable Catchment Area Management Practice (SCAMP) approach to restore 2000ha of peat bog on the Garron Plateau in Antrim. Grazing densities were reduced and bog drains dug in the 1960s were blocked in order to restore the former quality of the bog, promote carbon sequestration and filter drinking water for abstraction by NI Water.
The Garron Plateau Bog Restoration Project was launched in 2013 to restore the largest expanse of intact blanket bog in Northern Ireland to a favourable condition and to improve the quality and reliability of the water received at NIW’s Dungonnell treatment works which is supplied by the Garron catchment.
NI Water have dramatically reduced their carbon footprint by using 24,000 solar panels to complete a £7 million solar farm, turning what was a green field into a green power station, producing enough electricity to supply the power needs of one of Northern Ireland’s largest treatment plants - Dunore Water Treatment Works (WTW) in South Antrim.
This major project involved work on a 33 acre site on the eastern shore of Lough Neagh and is expected to save over half a million pounds annually in energy costs for NI Water.
Your Future Matters
Here at NI Water, we are investing heavily in our Entry Level Strategy by attracting, developing and retaining top talent to build upon our already established Apprentice Academy. Successful applicants will complete a four year programme that offers the ability to ‘earn as you learn’ working towards a foundation degree, debt free. We will also subsidise the cost of driving lessons!
Successful applicants also benefit from a multi-tier, on-going support framework during their apprenticeship.
Would you like to work as part of a diverse, high performing team in an organisation that delivers Northern Irelands most precious resource? Register your interest today.