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Minister visits NI Water's Bangor Sewerage Improvement Scheme

Regional development minister Danny visited Bangor Marina and Luke's Point to view progress on NI Water’s £3.1m programme of improvement work to upgrade the sewerage infrastructure and key pumping stations in the area.

Regional development minister Danny Kennedy and NI Water’s director of engineering procurement, Bill Gowdy, look at progress at the Luke's Point site.  Image: Brian MorrisonRegional development minister Danny Kennedy and NI Water’s director of engineering procurement, Bill Gowdy, look at progress at the Luke's Point site. Image: Brian Morrison

The Bangor Sewerage Improvement Scheme, which got underway in November 2013, will be completed before summer 2014.

Kennedy said: “With upgrade work underway at Luke’s Point and the construction of the new Pumping Station at Bangor Marina, the investment will deliver extra storage capacity into the system, particularly during periods of heavy rainfall. The quality of the bathing water quality along the Bangor coastline will also improve as a result of the work.

“This project has helped secure jobs in the local construction industry and I congratulate Maghera-based construction firm BSG Civil Engineering and AECOM (Belfast) on securing this very significant contract.”

Bill Gowdy, NI Water’s director of engineering procurement, added: “The project will greatly improve the water quality in Ballyholme strand and the surrounding watercourses, whilst improving the capacity of 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. 

NI Water also intends to invest an additional £300,000 within Bangor Town Centre to improve the water and sewerage infrastructure in advance of North Down Borough Council’s public realm work getting underway. This essential programme of improvement will get underway this summer. The improvements will safeguard the future water and sewerage infrastructure and minimise any future disturbance to the new improvements carried out under the Public Realm project.

Author: Maureen Gaines, Editor, WET News Find on Google+
Topic: Asset Management
Tags: Northern Ireland , construction , funding , Bathing water quality , pumping station , engineering , infrastructure , sewage , sewerage , Procurement

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