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NI Water completes £6M Ballydougan to Newry upgrade

NI Water's £6M Ballydougan to Newry Trunk Main and overall Water Improvement Scheme has been completed. The scheme will upgrade the water storage and supply network for customers in Newry city and surrounding areas.

L-R: Declan Mathers, Martin Gillen, Brian McCalmont, Paul Davison and Newry Mourne and Down Council deputy chair Cllr Garth CraigL-R: Declan Mathers, Martin Gillen, Brian McCalmont, Paul Davison and Newry Mourne and Down Council deputy chair Cllr Garth Craig

This overall programme of work included extensive upgrade work at Crieve Service Reservoir where the existing 0.4 mega litre tank was replaced by a new 4.2 mega litre reservoir. This significant upgrade will improve storage and security of the water supply for local customers.  

Also included in this major package of improvements has been the refurbishment and extension to Carnbane Water Pumping Station and Cullyhanna Water Pumping Station (WPS).

The project involved essential upgrade work at a number of sites including Camlough Water Treatment Works (WTW), Newry West Service Reservoir, and Camly Service Reservoir, located 2km south of Newtownhamilton.

Finally, two new trunk mains were also completed as part of this upgrade package to facilitate the transfer of water. The Camlough to Newry West Trunk Main is a major 3.5km pipeline going from Carnbane WPS to Camlough WTW and Newry West Service Reservoir. The Crieve Trunk Main is a 3km pipeline that extends from Annsville to Crieve Service Reservoir.

Infrastructure minister Chris Hazzard welcomed the completion of the scheme, saying: “This major scheme will be especially important in supplementing increased demand in the area, particularly during winter periods or emergency situations when the infrastructure may be particularly vulnerable.”

Paul Davison, NI Water project sponsor, said:“We at NI Water are pleased to announce the completion of this major investment project, which is essential for the continued security of the local water supply. It will also ensure that NI Water continues to meet key Water Supply and EU Drinking Water Quality directives.

“This project is just one example of our continued commitment to delivering safe, clean drinking water to homes and businesses across Northern Ireland and supplying customers with approximately 559 million litres of good quality drinking water every day.”

The construction work was completed by BSG Civil Engineering, with Capita providing project management and cost management support.

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