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£3.1m Water infrastructure improvement for North Down will bring additional benefits for bathers

27 November 2013 14:30

NI Water is scheduled to commence work on a £3.1m programme of improvement work to upgrade the sewerage infrastructure and key pumping stations in the Bangor area.

The scheme is expected to get underway towards the end of November and will be completed before summer 2014.

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy said: “The first phase of this improvement programme in North Down represents an investment in the region of £3.1million.

“With upgrade work planned at Luke’s Point and the construction of a new Pumping Station at Bangor Marina to provide extra storage capacity, particularly during periods of heavy rainfall, the bathing water quality along that particular part of the coastline is set to improve.

“Work is expected to be complete by summer next year and I congratulate Maghera-based construction firm BSG Civil Engineering on winning the contract.”

Sara Venning NI Water interim Chief Executive added: “The project will greatly improve the water quality in Ballyholme strand and the surrounding watercourses, whilst improving the sewerage infrastructure in the surrounding area. The work will also ensure that NI Water complies with Northern Ireland Environment Agency standards and EU Directives for bathing water quality.”

Subject to funding, the next phases of this programme of work will involve upgrading Castle Park Pumping Station, followed by further phases of work planned at Brompton and Stricklands Sewage Pumping Stations, and improving the sewerage infrastructure in the Carnalea and Clandeboye road areas.

As with all work of this nature, there will be some disruption in these areas during this improvement work. NI Water has been working closely with North Down Borough Council throughout the design development phase in an effort to mitigate disruption to residents, local business and tourism. Traffic management will be in place, where necessary and we will work with the local community as much as possible to minimize any disruption.

NI Water and the contractor, BSG Civil Engineering, would like to thank the public in advance for their patience throughout this essential improvement work and will do everything possible to complete the work as quickly as possible with minimum inconvenience.  Further updates will be issued to customers affected in the coming months and signage will be in place throughout this work.

Customer queries regarding this work should be directed to Waterline on 08457 440088

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