£2.5m Camlough Lake Project announced

January 26, 2015

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has announced that a £2.5M investment at Camlough Lake is set to get under way.

The investment has been part financed by Newry, Mourne and Down District Shadow Council who have committed £1.25million funding to the project, matching the investment by NI Water.

Danny Kennedy said: “This is an investment of major significance in the development of water infrastructure in the area. It will bring benefits to the community for many years to come.

“I welcome the commitment from the Newry, Mourne and Down District Shadow Council in taking this, forward thinking, decision to part fund this important project. Their investment, matching that of NI Water, will bring tangible benefits to private and commercial users in the area.”

Initial maintenance works have already been undertaken by NI Water and lake levels have been reduced in line with recommendations made by the Dams Panel Engineer appointed by NI Water and the Council.

Paddy Brow, Head of Asset Strategy at NI Water explained: “We are pleased to work in partnership with the Newry, Mourne and Down District Shadow Council to joint fund this essential work at Camlough Reservoir. Work is also being undertaken on ground investigations necessary to aid design of the main works, which should commence in 2015.’’

NI Water will work to maintain a reduced water level in the reservoir until the recommended refurbishment works have been completed. The level of the reservoir, as normal, will fluctuate depending on the rainfall.

Speaking on Behalf of Newry & Mourne DC Mayor Councillor Daire Hughes said: “The Council has been working for many years with the local user and interest groups through the Camlough Lake sub-committee to improve the facilities at Camlough Lake and raise the profile of the fantastic resource it provides. The Council are particularly pleased that the significant funding for Camlough Lake has now been agreed and will provide an important recreational resource for both the local community and visitors for many generations to come.”

The refurbishment works are planned to commence in 2015 and are expected to be completed during 2017.

NI Water with support from Newry, Mourne and Down Shadow District Council will work to minimise disruption, and keep the public and stakeholders informed in advance through a range of media channels.

The much welcomed announcement comes ahead of next month’s Ireland Ice- Swimming Championships which are being hosted on the Lake for the very first time.

The race, which is supported by the International Ice Swimming Association (IISA), the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) and the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association (ILDSA), will see swimmers from all over Ireland compete in a 1000m swim in water temperatures below 5 degrees! The event, which takes place on February 7th, is the latest in a long line of national and international swimming and sporting events to be held at Camlough Lake as the profile of the local resource continues to rise and it gains its place among sporting bodies as a top facility for competitive sports and swimming.