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Newry residents tap into £6m upgrade of city's water supply

By Allan Preston

NI Water has celebrated the completion of a £6 million upgrade to Newry's water supply. The major investment took place between Ballydougan and Newry, increasing both water storage and supply.

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard said the work would be of huge benefit to the city's residents.

"This major scheme will be especially important in supplementing increased demand in the area, particularly during winter periods or emergency situations when the infrastructure may be particularly vulnerable," he said.

The complex work included an upgrade at Crieve service reservoir, the existing 0.4 mega litre water tank was increased to 4.2 mega litres.

Refurbishment and extensions were also added to Carnbane water pumping station and Cullyhanna water pumping station. Essential upgrades were carried out at a number of other sites including Camlough water treatment works and Newry West service reservoir.

Two new trunk mains for water transfer were also established.

Councillor Garth Craig of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council said: "The council welcomes the improvements and benefits the scheme will bring to Newry and the surrounding area.

"This major investment is good news for customers in the area, as it will improve the security of the water supply infrastructure."

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