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Commercial instinct

Water & drainage

The Northern Ireland Water Service is a government body responsible for water and sewerage services throughout the province. A restructuring programme to transform it into a commercial company got under way last year.

'We have already moved from being organised geographically to being organised according to function, ' says director of reform Peter May. This means that rather than having divisions in the north, south, east and west that deal with everything, the company has set itself up in a number of divisions covering various services. 'So now we have a water division, a wastewater division and two networks divisions. We have also moved the finance and personnel units into one directorate and set up a directorate for customer services, ' says May.

In total the Water Service will be 250 staff lighter by April 2006. The company is in the middle of a senior management review. 'There will be a significant reduction in senior management grades, ' confirms Haslett.

And there could be as many as 600 fewer staff by 2009/10.

'This is a ballpark figure but we will keep looking for efficiencies, ' says May.

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