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Northern Ireland begins major water supply investment programme

Work began yesterday on enhancing Northern Ireland's water supply.
Contactor McNicholas Construction Services will lay pipelines totalling 85km in length including a 17km section of 800mm trunk main to supply fresh water from the Silent Valley Reservoir in the Mourne Mountains to the major towns of Newtownards, Bangor and Holywood.Upon completion, the North Down Strategic Trunk Main Project will deliver 55 million litres of water to the area every day. McNicholas Construction chief executive Barry McNicholas said: 'This Water Service contract represents a significant win and is a testament to our ability to deliver timely and superior solutions to the water industry.'Not only will the project improve the capacity and performance of the water supply system to ensure that the demands of industrial and domestic customers are met, but will also improve the reliability of supplies through reduced levels of leakage.The project is on target to be completed by October 2007.It is part of a £21M extensive programme of investment by Water Service for the North Down and Ards areas, which aims to significantly improve the security and quality of water supplied across Northern Ireland by 2020.

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