Householders in the Carrickfergus area are to benefit from an investment of approximately £5million in a local water treatment plant.
Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy visited Dorisland Water Treatment Works (WTW) recently to view progress on a major improvement programme.
Upgrade work at the plant involves the installation of new filters, which will ensure the drinking water provided to Carrickfergus and the surrounding area is of the highest standard and will continue to comply with EU drinking water quality standards well into the future. It is expected that the work will be completed by the end of 2015.
The minister also welcomed the ongoing upgrade work, which is almost complete at nearby Killylane WTW, which forms part of NI Water’s ongoing Base Maintenance Programme to refurbish minor treatment plants across Northern Ireland.
Danny Kennedy said: “As a result of this very significant investment in the area, customers will directly benefit from improved water quality.
“The scheme will also greatly improve the overall local water infrastructure and will increase NI Water operational efficiencies in terms of a reduction in running costs and reduced energy use.”
Paul Davison, NI Water head of water capital procurement for both schemes added: “The £5 million investment at Dorisland and the £1 million investment in the Killylane plant are part of NI Water’s overall focus on providing an essential infrastructural investment programme.
“These projects are good news for customers in the areas, as both plants will meet the needs of the growing local population and ensure compliance with all current National and European environmental regulations.”
The upgrade work at Dorisland and Killylane Water Treatment Works are just two of many projects making up an investment of approximately £2m per week by NI Water to deliver a 21st century infrastructure for the whole of Northern Ireland.
Dawson WAM is the contractor for the Dorisland scheme, with AECOM providing design and technical support. AECOM Design Build Ireland Ltd is the contractor for the work at Killylane.