Belfast Telegraph

Business services group to create 40 jobs for new NI Water contract

By Clare Weir

Northern Ireland Water has awarded business services group Mouchel an 18-month contract which could create up to 40 jobs.

Mouchel has been tasked to deliver an asset inventory and condition assessment project that will provide data on its above-ground assets.

The information collated will help enhance the efficiency of maintenance operations, improve customer service by reducing unnecessary risks to customer supply or water quality and reduce the risk of pollution incidents.

Martin McIlwaine, NI Water's head of asset management, said that it is important to have accurate and comprehensive data.

"This significant project complements a number of other data quality improvement initiatives under way across our organisation," he said.

"It will help us to improve the quality of our asset data and increase levels of customer service."

Mark Carlisle, Mouchel divisional director, added: "In addition to improving the level of NI Water's customer service at a sustainable cost, this significant project also has several benefits to the local economy.

"We are actively recruiting staff for the asset inventory project and have plans to employ up to 40 people.

"There are also requirements for a significant fleet of vehicles and specialist equipment supplies, providing further opportunities for local companies."

Mouchel has worked with NI Water for approximately 20 years, with offices located in Holywood and Omagh.