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NI Water completes £1.6 million investment at water pumping station

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Northern Ireland Water (NI Water) has completed a £1.6 million (€1.9 million) upgrade of the Ballinagard Water Pumping Station, as part of the utility’s Water Pumping Station Improvement Programme.

Pumps and control panels at the station were upgraded to provide greater robustness and efficiency to enable water to be pumped to the local Croppy Hill Reservoir, near Londonderry in Northern Ireland.

Welcoming the investment, infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon said: “This £1.6 million (€1.9 million) upgrade highlights the impact investment in our infrastructure can have. This pumping station pumps water to Croppy Hill reservoir which supplies up to 16,000 customers in the West of Derry. I want to see more investment in sustainable water and drainage infrastructure because it will make a real difference to people’s daily lives.”

“Water is a vital part of our infrastructure and impacts on our daily lives,” added Paul Davison, head of water capital procurement at NI Water. “We are delighted to have completed this major investment at Ballinagard, which will deliver benefits to our customers, such as increased resilience and security of the water supply, particularly in emergency situations.”

Work at the site commenced in October 2018 and was completed ahead of schedule in December last year. Councillor Brian Tierney, head of the environment and regeneration committee at Derry City and Strabane District Council, welcomed the investment project: “I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit the Pumping Station to see the improvements first hand that have been made at Ballinagard. The council welcome this major investment in the area, which will boost the local water infrastructure and greatly benefit the local community.”

Geda acted as the main contractor for the project partnered with Jacopa, while McAdam Design offered project management support.