NI Water has updated members of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council on the ‘Beat the Freeze’ campaign, which encourages customers to protect their water pipes ahead of any severe winter weather.
During the meeting, the company also addressed a wide range of issues of interest to local representatives, including infrastructure and investment, and forthcoming priorities.
The session was part of a wider engagement process undertaken by NI Water in relation to the new local authorities, said Alec McQuillan, NI Water’s head of wastewater.
“We are planning meetings with the other local authorities in the coming weeks and months,” he added.
“NI Water takes its obligations to its stakeholders seriously, and we welcome the opportunity to meet with councillors and officials in this format to outline our case and highlight our work within the Mid and East Antrim area.
“We believe good working relationships with the councils are important when delivering our services and building our capital programmes of work.
“We outlined NI Water’s ongoing commitment to the borough, something which can be seen in various prominent investments, including the forthcoming Toome Road flood alleviation scheme in Ballymena; proposed watermains rehabilitation in Carrickfergus; sewer rehabilitation in Ballygally; water quality schemes in the Larne area; and the construction of a replacement wastewater pumping station in Ahoghill.
“We were proud to outline investment worth some £13.8 million in the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area over the current financial year, which represents part of a cumulative capital investment in the area of £40 million since 2013.
“This substantial investment is prioritised to protect the local environment, reduce the risk of flooding and help ensure our customers have an uninterrupted clean water supply, particularly over the winter period.”
Mr McQuillan added: “With winter now upon us, we also took the opportunity ask the councillors for their help educating the public regarding the ‘Don’t Wait; Insulate’ message.
During the 2010/11 freeze, approximately 80 percent of burst water leakage could have been avoided if customer pipes had been properly lagged in advance of the winter.”
“NI Water urges all our customers to ‘Beat the Freeze’ by acting now ahead of the anticipated severe winter weather conditions and help avoid the disaster of burst pipes in your home, business or loss of water supply to your neighbours.”
Further information can be found at www.niwater.com