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NI Water Team Take Delivery of Pipes for £14 Million Castor Bay to Belfast Water Pipeline

24 June 2014 14:29

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy recently joined the NI Water team at the Maze Long Kesh Development Site near Lisburn to take delivery of all the pipes for the £14million Castor Bay to Belfast Water Pipeline. This essential package of work will improve the security of the water supply infrastructure for customers in Belfast, Lisburn and the Craigavon area.

Pipelaying is now well underway on this major pipeline, which involves laying a new 29km water pipeline from Castor Bay Water Treatment Works in Craigavon to south Lisburn, where the pipeline will link into an existing trunk main to transport the water supply on to Belfast. This major scheme will provide a vital source of water coming into Belfast, which will be especially important during future winters and in supplementing increased demand in the area. The project will continue until Summer 2015.

The project will also involve improving the water infrastructure around the pipeline route, including upgrading the existing Castor Bay Water Pumping Station (Craigavon); a new water pumping station at Sprucefield and a new water pumping station at St. Andrews Service Reservoir (Temple).

Danny Kennedy said: “I am delighted to be here on site with the NI Water team to take delivery of all the pipes for this essential pipeline. The £14 million investment is good news for customers, as it will improve the security of the water supply infrastructure in Belfast Lisburn and the Craigavon area. It will also provide a welcome boost to the construction sector, with the contract for the work being won by, local firm, Lagan Construction.”

“The scheme will also improve drinking water quality, reduce leakage and ensure that NI Water complies with the relevant EU directives.”

Sara Venning Chief Executive, NI Water added:

“We at NI Water are pleased to take delivery of all the pipes for this essential scheme. With pipelaying now well underway, the project will ensure the security of the water supply, and, along with our project delivery team of Lagan Construction and Capita, we will work with the public to ensure that this work is carried out with minimum disruption. Further updates will be available and signage will be in place as the scheme progresses.”

“Where possible, night-time working will be employed to reduce traffic disruption, and we would like to thank residents and road users in advance for their co-operation and patience during this essential improvement work.”

Commenting on the Maze Long Kesh site involvement, Terence Brannigan Chairman of the Maze Long Kesh Development Board said:

“Maze Long Kesh Development Corporation is pleased to be able to provide storage of the water pipes required to enable this significant project. The central location of our site has ensured the contractors involved in the delivery of the scheme have easy access to the pipes and by having them stored at a convenient location, close to pipelaying in the Lisburn and Craigavon area, we have helped to reduce the carbon footprint of the Castor Bay to Belfast Water Pipeline Project by reducing truck movements.”

NI Water’s customer relations team can be contacted via Waterline on 08457 440088. Customers with any questions on the scheme should quote “Lagan Construction Water Mains Rehabilitation Programme”.

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