NI Water outline future infrastructure plans enabling MEA Council progress vision for Borough
NI Water attended Mid and East Antrim Borough Council on 25 February, to update representatives in a virtual presentation, on infrastructure plans going forward and the level of investment needed for the Council area.
In its future growth plans, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has anticipated that by 2030, it will need around 7,500 new homes and wants to generate over 800 new jobs in its large towns such as Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Larne.
NI Water is looking at how to accommodate these plans and in the short term will help, where we can, to find solutions and to look at all available options to work with Councils and developers to progress the Borough’s ambitions for the people in their area.
NI Water’s Head of Investment Management, Stephen Blockwell, says:
“NI Water’s goal is to ensure we have a modern, efficient service today and in the future. While Investment is needed urgently, NI Water has a plan in place and we are ready and capable to deliver.”
NI Water is here to help progress and facilitate future economic development. The Sustainable Water 4th Annual Report [i] points to the necessity of funding NI Water appropriately, to allow the Executive to meet its medium and long term objectives for economic growth.
Dr Blockwell continues “The message is clear. NI Water is ready to provide engineering solutions to short term constraints where possible. However, the full funding identified by the Utility Regulator in its Draft Determination (PC21) is required, to fulfil the vision of economic expansion for the people in our towns and cities.
“This is not a ‘wish list’ or a ‘nice to have.’ This is the blueprint that will help us ensure NI Water can deliver in a strong, modern regional economy.
“Our infrastructure plans over the 2021 – 2027 period (known as PC21) for the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area requires ca £100 million pounds of investment to upgrade wastewater assets. This is over and above essential base maintenance investment associated with our assets during PC21. This investment will make significant inroads into addressing the sewer and wastewater capacity issues and will help new housing and business development to go ahead.”
Dr Blockwell concluded:
“Significant and sustained investment is needed for wastewater and water infrastructure across Northern Ireland. NI Water knows all of the Councils’ growth ambitions, we know what needs done in each Council area and we have the plan and the skills to deliver it.”
A number of slides and maps showing current sewer and wastewater issues and proposed investment in Mid and East Antrim Borough Council were presented at the meeting.
Further information can be found on our website www.niwater.com/wastewater-capacity/