Construction Ireland Construction Directory
Time and date
Share this page
Construction News

Water Infrastructure Plans Outlined For Omagh And Fermanagh

Construction News Image
Plans for the future of water infrastructure in the Fermanagh & Omagh District Council area have been outlined during a recent virtual meeting.

NI Water issued an update to the Council on its PC21 Final Determination and investment planned to match projects in the area.

In its future growth plans, Fermanagh & Omagh District Council has anticipated that by 2030, it will need over 4,300 new housing units. Large towns such as Enniskillen and Omagh will be the main Hubs for growth, with predictions that 4,875 new jobs will be created.

NI Water's Head of Investment Management, Stephen Blockwell, said: "NI Water's goal is to ensure we have a modern, efficient service today and in the future. The Utility Regulator has scrutinised our PC21 Business Plan and published its Final Determination in May 2021. NI Water accepted the Final Determination and its challenging recommendations in early July."

-- Advertisement --

With Capital expenditure the overall investment programme for the PC21 period (2021/22 – 2026/27) is valued at £2.1bn, with an efficiency challenge of £117m.

Dr Blockwell continued: "Our PC21 Business Plan will begin to address the sewer and wastewater capacity issues resulting from historical underinvestment in Northern Ireland. However, there are currently significant wastewater capacity issues in major parts of our cities and over 100 towns. Realistically the scale of these capacity issues will take at least 12 to 18 years and up to 2 to 3 Price Control periods to address.

"Our infrastructure plans over the 2021 – 2027 period (known as PC21) for the Fermanagh & Omagh District Council area will see an overall capital investment of circa £21m, which includes ca £10m to upgrade Wastewater Treatment works and sewer networks. This is over and above essential base maintenance investment associated with our assets during PC21. This investment will begin to address the sewer and wastewater capacity issues. However, we recognise that significant further investment will be required within the Council area during future Price Control periods to allow new housing and business development to proceed in some areas."

Dr Blockwell concluded: "NI Water is pleased that the Utility Regulator has recognised the need for a significant increase in investment in the funding of Water & Wastewater services to address the major issues that exist across Northern Ireland due to historical underinvestment. We welcome the fact that full funding has been provided for the first year of our Business Plan. However, in order to deliver on this plan it is essential that the NI Executive provides the full funding of the Final Determination throughout the 6 year PC21 period."

Latest Construction News


Reservoirs across Northern Ireland are set to undergo a series of significant improvements following an investment by NI Water. The utility is investing £6.4 million to refurbish and enhance the safety of the impounding reservoir portfolio, ensuring NI's reservoirs comply with the highest standards

Almost 180 properties are set to be built in Ballymoney as part of a new £25 million housing development. Leading Northern Ireland housebuilder Hagan Homes has commenced construction on its latest project, Foxleigh Meadows, which will comprise of 179 properties delivered across four phases. Work

The development of the new A29 Cookstown Bypass has taken a major step forward with the announcement of a preferred route. Unveiled by Infrastructure Minister Mallon at the Burnavon Arts and Cultural Centre, the 4km route will see a single carriageway developed with overtaking lane opportunities i

Construction firms across Northern Ireland have been urged to take part in this year's health and safety initiative Safety Reboot. Hosted by the Construction Employer's Federation (CEF), this initiative returns for its second year in January 2022. The month-long program aims to encourage constru

A new housing group has been established in Ballymena to build strong community relations and help new homes become a key part of the local area. The Shared Housing Joint Advisory Group was created by three housing associations: Radius Housing, Choice and Triangle Housing Association. All three com

A new funding package of £14 million has been announced to support environmental farming projects across Northern Ireland. Around 500 farmers will benefit from investment under the fifth round of DAERA's Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS). Announcing funding for this round of the scheme, DAERA Min

Legislation is set to be brought forward for a new bus lane along Dublin Road in Belfast city centre. Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon announced her intention to bring the plan forward as she outlined the findings of a review on pop-up cycle lanes in the city. This new lane will assist with

Members of the public in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area have been urged to help shape a new draft Open Spaces Strategy. The proposed strategy for 2022-2026 aims to shape the future of open spaces for everyone in the region to enjoy. Residents, community groups, businesses and local

New rental legislation introduced by Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien has been met with some skepticism. Sinn Féin representative Eoin Ó Broin criticised the legislation for "not being as reformative" as the Minister claims. He also went on to describe this as a missed opportunity to provide rente

Two areas in County Roscommon have been subject to a programme of water-saving works. Tibohine and Willsbrook have benefitted from new water mains thanks to an investment from Irish Water in partnership with Roscommon County Council. The utility worked to replace ageing mains in both areas, provi
Special FormworkOliver Crampton & Sons LtdHinch Plant Hire LimitedBOLTSANDNUTS.IESanctuarysynthetics at GrasslandVision Branding SolutionsR & M Buckets LtdMillbrook Paving CentreReisser IrelandOne Stop Handling Ireland Ltd
Terms and Conditions