Essential Water & Sewer Improvement Scheme to get underway in Lisburn

Posted: Wednesday 30th January 2013

NI Water will be commencing essential improvements to the water and sewerage infrastructure in Lisburn city centre in February 2013 for approximately 5 months. The existing infrastructure is defective and aging, and it is essential that NI Water upgrades the necessary watermains and sewers in advance of Lisburn City Council’s “Public Realm” scheme getting underway.

Lisburn City Council, with funding from the Department of Social Development (DSD), intends to invest some £4 million to develop Lisburn city centre’s public realm. The council intends to carry out this scheme in various areas in the town including Bow Street, Market Street, Haslem’s Lane, Market Street, Market Lane, Graham Gardens, Bridge Street, and Castle Street.

In order to minimise any future disturbance to the new improvements carried out under the Public Realm project, it is essential that NI Water upgrade the necessary watermains and sewers in the same areas as soon as possible before new surfaces are put in place by the council.

NI Water’s proposed infrastructure improvements (project code JT255 Lisburn Public Realm) will involve the installation of watermains and/or sewers along Bow Street, Market Street, Haslem’s Lane, Market Street, Market Lane, Graham Gardens, Bridge Street, and Railway Street.

There will be associated traffic and pedestrian restrictions required to allow the works to be completed in a safe environment. This will include lane and road closures in the area at certain times. However, signage will be in place and the public will be made aware in advance of these closures.

This programme of work is good news for the local area, as the work will also reduce disruption caused to NI Water customers as a result of necessary maintenance of defective and aging sewers. The upgraded watermains will improve the reliability, security and quality of the water supply, while reducing leakage.

As with all work of this nature, there will be an element of disruption throughout the water and sewer improvement scheme in the new year and NI Water would like to thank the public and local businesses in advance for their patience and cooperation, and assure them that we will do everything we can to complete the work as quickly as possible with minimum disruption. Customer queries regarding this work should be directed to Waterline on 08457 440088 quoting “Lisburn Public Realm Sewer and Watermain Rehabilitation Scheme project code JT255”.

A major watermains replacement programme has just been completed by NI Water recently. These works included the Hillhall Road, Lisburn, which had been affected by several bursts in recent years. This watermains replacement will result in improved water supply in the area while reducing time-consuming repairs which can cause delays for the travelling public.

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