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£1.3 Million Pumped into Water Improvement Scheme for the Ards Peninsula

25 May 2022 15:38

NI Water is pleased to announce the start of a £1.3 Million project, which will be essential to the future resilience of the water supply infrastructure, primarily in the Ards Peninsula area.

Phase one of this major improvement scheme will commence in mid-June and will continue until the end of September. The first phase of work will involve pipelaying on the Bangor bound hard shoulder, resulting in a lane closure. Work will commence on Orchard Lane and will then progress along the Bangor Carriageway. The work will be completed in sections to keep disruption to a minimum, with local access maintained.  There will be lane closures along the carriageway in both directions with traffic management in place throughout the route. Further notifications will be issued as the scheme progresses to keep local residents and business owners informed of key dates.


Infrastructure Minister John O’Dowd welcomed the news: “This £1.3 million investment is good news for customers in the Ards Peninsula area. This key improvement scheme will protect and future-proof the local water infrastructure for customers, businesses and tourism in the area. Enhanced security of water supply will provide a more reliable service for people in the area which is to be welcomed.”


Gary McFadden, NI Water Project Manager said:

“We are delighted to announce phase one of this water improvement scheme, which will greatly benefit the Ards Peninsula area, improving the robustness and resilience of the water supply infrastructure.

“This investment 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. This investment will provide people with an improved, more reliable service.


“NI Water and our contractor Farrans GlanAgua Construction would like to thank the public in advance for their patience and cooperation as we commence this essential water improvement scheme. Signage will be in place and we will do everything possible to keep disruption to a minimum during construction.”


This £1.3 million investment is an excellent example of what can be done when the necessary funding is in place.


NI Water’s capital funding for year 1 of our business plan was secured and the business looks forward to the necessary funding being put in place across the full six-year period to 2027.



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