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£13.8 Million Pumped into Water Resilience in the North West!

30 November 2020 14:55

NI Water is pleased to announce the award of three key projects representing a total investment of approximately £13.8 million, which will be essential to the future resilience of the water supply infrastructure throughout County L‘Derry. 

The three schemes will take place in three phases over the next two years, starting with the commencement of a key trunk main in Gortycavan in November 2020. This essential water resilience project will take place over an 8 month period and will involve the replacement of a 4km water main, which supplies a large rural area outside Articlave (Coleraine).

The second project involving the construction of temporary Water Pumping Stations at Moys (Limavady) will also get underway as part of this overall investment, which will help supply additional water from Ballinrees (Coleraine) to Carmoney Water Treatment Works. This will increase the capacity of the water supply infrastructure and provide additional resilience, particularly during emergency situations and extreme weather conditions. This scheme will also increase the robustness of the service supplied by Carmoney Water Treatment plant, which is an essential source of water for customers throughout Derry city.

The third project to upgrade the existing River Faughan Raw Water Pumping Station will include an upgrade of the existing facility, including replacement of the weir gates to provide extra security and resilience. This will provide raw water robustness to Carmoney Water Treatment Plant to ensure a plentiful supply is available for treatment.

Gary McFadden, NI Water Senior Project Manager said:

“Water is a vital part of our infrastructure and impacts on our daily lives. Now, more than ever, we see just how critical the essential supply of clean water and the effective treatment of wastewater is in our society, with handwashing being a key weapon in the battle against COVID-19.

“We are delighted to announce this major investment in water resilience for the North West, which will greatly improve the robustness and resilience of the water supply infrastructure. This will be particularly important during the winter months and other unplanned events, to ensure maximum security of supply for our customers in the local area.

“I would like to thank the public in advance for their patience and cooperation as we commence these essential water resilience schemes. Signage will be in place and we will do everything possible to keep disruption to a minimum during construction.”

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon added: “I welcome this major investment, which includes upgraded pumping stations and improvements to networks, bringing tremendous benefits to many homes and businesses throughout the North West. 

“This work will directly benefit the area by improving the resilience of the water supply network. We have seen, now more than ever, that there are few services more critical to our health and well-being than the availability of clean drinking water and the ability to treat our waste water effectively. This major investment will provide people with an improved, more reliable service.”

This investment in the North West is a great example of what can be done when there is sufficient investment in our water and wastewater infrastructure.

Geda Construction is the main contractor for the Gortycavan Trunk Main, with Capita  Property & Infrastructure providing project management support.

Water Pumping Stations at Moys (Limavady) will be led by BSG Civil Engineering in partnership with McAdam Design. 

Finally, the main contractor on the project to upgrade the River Faughan Pumping Station is Graham Construction and Capita Property & Infrastructure.

ENDS. For further information, please contact NI Water’s Press Office on 02890 354710 or email

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