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Temple Pumping Station Marks Completion of £14m NI Water Investment.

23 March 2016 11:05

Regional Development Minister Michelle McIlveen has visited the new St Andrew’s Pumping Station at Temple, which is a key part of the recently completed £14million Castor Bay-Belfast Water Pipeline – an essential package of work, which will improve the security of the water supply infrastructure for customers in Belfast and the wider Lisburn area.

This major project, which got underway in January 2014, involved laying almost 19miles (30kilometres) of water pipeline from Castor Bay Water Treatment Works in Craigavon to south Lisburn, where the pipeline links into an existing trunk main to transport the water supply on to Belfast.

Two new water pumping stations at St Andrews and Sprucefield, which will have the joint capacity to deliver up to 48.5megalitres of water per day to customers, were also completed, as well as the re-commissioning of several local service reservoirs.

Michelle McIlveen said: “This £14million investment will provide a vital source of water coming into Belfast, which will be important in supplementing increased demand, particularly during winter periods, summer droughts and any emergency situations when the infrastructure may be particularly vulnerable.

“This complex and demanding project involved pipe laying across the M1, A1, River Lagan, Lagan Canal and the railway crossing on the Moyrusk Road in Moira, and I congratulate the project team on completing the work with minimum disruption to the public.”

Sara Venning NI Water Chief Executive, NI Water added: “We at NI Water are committed to improving the water supply infrastructure across Northern Ireland and are pleased that this major project to improve water services for our customers has now been completed.

“This investment is good news, as it will improve the security of the water supply infrastructure, as well as improving drinking water quality and reducing leakage, whilst ensuring that NI Water continues to comply with the relevant EU directives.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers and local representatives for their patience and cooperation throughout the overall project.”

The construction work was completed by Lagan Construction Group, with Capita providing Project Management and Cost Management support.

The attached image shows (l-r) Bill Gowdy, Director of Engineering Procurement NI Water, Regional Development Minister Michelle McIlveen, Paul Davison Project Sponsor NI Water and Sara Venning CEO of NI Water pictured at the new St Andrew’s Pumping Station at Temple, which is a key part of the recently completed £14 million Castor Bay-Belfast Water Pipeline – an essential package of work, which will improve the security of the water supply infrastructure for customers in Belfast and the wider Lisburn area.

Notes to editors:

1. The scheme involved laying approximately 30kilometres water pipeline from Castor Bay Water Treatment Works to south Lisburn, where the pipeline links into an existing trunk main to transport the water supply further into Belfast.

2. The package of improvements also involved several infrastructure upgrades, all of which are linked to the new pipeline. These included the re-commissioning of local service reservoirs that are currently out of operation at Danescroft and St. Andrew’s (both in Lisburn); the upgrade of the existing Castor Bay Water Pumping Station in Craigavon; the construction of a new water pumping station at Sprucefield (Lisburn); and a replacement water pumping station at the refurbished St. Andrew’s Service Reservoir site.

3. The new scheme will have the capacity to deliver up to 48.5megalitres of water per day, while the re-commissioned service reservoirs at Danescroft and St. Andrew’s will have a combined capacity of almost 15megalitres.

4. Other service reservoirs that were refurbished under the multi-million pound contract are: Poleglass, Carricknaveagh, Duneight and Magheraliskmisk.

5. All media enquiries to NI Water Press Office on 028 9035 4710 or email press.office@niwater.com

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