£7M improvements for Cookstown water

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NI Water is pleased to announce a £7 million investment for the water supply infrastructure in the greater Cookstown area.

This programme of improvements is set to get underway in the Cookstown area in late September 2011 and will last around 12 months.

The work is good news for the area and will involve the replacement of approximately 110km of water mains, which will dramatically improve the quality, reliability and flexibility of water supply, while also reducing leakage.

The work will take place in two phases, with one phase focusing on the area around Moneymore, including work taking place in the Loup and Orritor areas.

The second phase will centre on the rest of the Cookstown District, with work taking place in areas such as Kingsmills, Dunnamore and The Rock.

“NI Water and our contractor Farrans Utilities would like to thank the public in advance for their co-operation and patience during this essential improvement work and we will make every effort to keep any disruption to a minimum,” said a spokesperson.

Some traffic management may be required to facilitate the works as the scheme progresses and if road closures are necessary, all relevant diversion routes will be appropriately signposted and local residents and businesses will be informed as necessary.

NI Water’s customer relations team can be contacted via Waterline on 08457 440088. Customers with any questions on the scheme should quote “Farrans Utilities Water Mains Rehabilitation Programme”.

Ulster Unionist Councillor Trevor Wilson said this was excellent news and welcomed the investment by NI Water.

“Cookstown was one of the worst areas affected during last year’s big freeze and hopefully with all this replacement work we will not witness the same failings of NI Water as we did last year.

“While I appreciate the scheme will last for 12 months, the eventual outcome will be a great boost to the water supply in the Cookstown.

“And I hope that the water service will keep disruption to a minimum while work is ongoing,”

SDLP Ballinderry Councillor Christine McFlynn said: “As long as NI Water keep everyone affected fully informed as the work continues I am sure that accommodations can be reached to minimise disruption.

“The end result should be a greatly improved watermains system for the local rural community.”

SDLP Councillor Deirdre Mayo said: “There is likely to be some disruption to road traffic and water supply during the scheduled work, but the promised improvements in water supply will be welcomed by local residents.