Water company completes ‘essential programme of improvements’

Northern Ireland Water (NI Water) has completed a £1.5 million investment programme to improve its Newpoint Wastewater Pumping Station on Newry Road, Warrenpoint.

The project has involved the installation of new pumps, screens and “other essential equipment” to increase capacity and improve services for customers.

Pumps at the Newpoint station transfer flows to Newry Wastewater Treatment Works, which was also provided with new inlet screens as part of the work.

(L-R) NI Water’s Peter Ferguson and Keith Henderson show councillor Roisin Mulgrew – chair of Newry Mourne and Down District Council around the newly upgraded Newpoint Pumping Station.

Peter Ferguson, NI Water’s senior project manager, said: “The new upgraded pumping station is good news for customers in the local area, it will reduce the likelihood of out of sewer flooding and bring about environmental benefits in the area, such as improving water quality in the Newry River.

“NI Water and our project team including Dawson WAM and McAdam Design worked well together to deliver this project on schedule and welcomed the opportunity to work with other local companies in the supply chain, including Newry-based company Murphy Process Engineering who installed and commissioned the new plant.”

Chair of Newry Mourne and Down District Council, councillor Roisin Mulgrew, added: “The Council welcomes this £1.5 million investment in the local area, which will improve the sewerage infrastructure and wastewater services for customers. The scheme will also ensure that NI Water continues to meet Northern Ireland Environment Agency standards.”

Last month, NI Water paid £28 million to acquire four treatment works from Kelda Water Services (KWS), which produce nearly 50 per cent of the treated water in Northern Ireland.