Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Muir calls for redundant Reservoirs Strategy

Myself at Portavo Reservoir
I am calling for NI Water to start a consultation on a redundant Reservoirs Strategy after it was revealed that 22 NI Water reservoirs are no longer in use.

A recent Assembly Question asked by Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle revealed the location of the 22 NI Water Reservoirs no longer in use as a source for the public water supply.

Redundant reservoirs can be found across Northern Ireland in places such as Coleraine, Enniskillen, Lisburn, Derry / Londonderry, Downpatrick, Dungannon, Portaferry, Donaghadee, Craigantlet and Holywood.

Whilst plans to sell reservoirs across North Down have thankfully been suspended due to a concerted campaign led by me the threat of sale or closure remains a serious concern for many.

With NI Water now owning 22 redundant reservoirs across Northern Ireland a long term strategy would be useful to allay concerns, safeguard the environment and realise potential opportunities.

The redundant reservoirs offer vast economic, social, environmental and health benefits and should not be sold the highest bidder nor abandoned and ignored. 

As custodians of so many reservoirs built by many different organisations such as Belfast Water Commissioners NI Water have a moral obligation to explore and consult upon an alternative financially and environmentally sustainable future for these reservoirs.

Any new future for these reservoirs must attract widespread support from the community, ensure security of supply, minimise flood risks, protect wildlife and the environment generally. Users should also be allowed to continue their current activities in a safe manner such as the wide range of angling organisations who utilise these amenities on a daily basis.

Written Assembly Question
(AQW AQW 22149/11-15)

Mr Lyttle asked the Minister for Regional Development which reservoirs are no longer used by Northern Ireland Water.

Mr Kennedy: I have been advised by Northern Ireland Water that 22 of its reservoirs are no longer in use as a source for the public water supply. The reservoirs and their locations are as set out in the table below.

Reservoir
Location
Lough Cowey
Portaferry
Quoile Upper
Broughshane
Quoile Lower
Broughshane
Craigahullier
Portrush
Portavo
Donaghadee
Ballyversall
Coleraine
Boomers
Lisburn
Ballydoolagh
Enniskillen
Stoneyford
Lisburn
Crieghtons Green
Craigantlet
Ballysallagh Upper
Craigantlet
Ballysallagh Lower
Craigantlet
Conlig Upper
Conlig
Conlig Lower
Conlig
Church Road
Holywood
Knockbracken
Carryduff
Dunalis
Coleraine
Killea
Londonderry
Leathemstown
Dundrod
Cappagh
Dungannon
Altmore
Pomeroy
Lough Money
Downpatrick


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