Carrickfergus to benefit from £10.9m water mains upgrade

(L-R) Regional Development Minister Michelle McIlveen, Paul Davison, Gavin McGinty and Maurice Crawford, from NI Water's Water Mains Improvement team, launch the �10.9 million investment.Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons. INCT 50-708-CON
(L-R) Regional Development Minister Michelle McIlveen, Paul Davison, Gavin McGinty and Maurice Crawford, from NI Water's Water Mains Improvement team, launch the �10.9 million investment.Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons. INCT 50-708-CON
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Work is to start next month on a £10.9 million water supply infrastructure upgrade across Carrickfergus and Belfast.

Regional Development Minister Michelle McIlveen has welcomed the new programme which will involve the laying of approximately 61kms of water mains in the area.

The minister said: “This major water mains investment for Belfast and Carrickfergus is good news for the local areas, as the upgraded water mains will also improve the quality, reliability and security of the local water supply across Northern Ireland, while reducing leakage and improving pressure in the area.”

Commencing in early January, the scheme is part of an overall capital investment by the Northern Ireland Executive of approximately £114 million in 905kms of water mains across the province over the next six years.

NI Water, in co-operation with Transport NI, says it will do everything possible to keep any disruption to a minimum. It will also work with Translink to ensure that public transport services function with minimum disruption.

NI Water and its contractors Farrans Construction and Lagan Construction Group will carry out letter drops in affected areas to advise residents ahead of this work.

Signage and traffic management will be publicised in advance.