Camlough Lake improvement works nearing completion

April 3, 2017

As the improvement and rehabilitation works at Camlough Lake reservoir near completion, those behind the scheme offered invited guests the opportunity to view the extensive project during a site visit on Thursday last.

Local political representatives were given a tour of the facility, which has benefitted from a £3million investment in essential improvements, including the construction of a valve tower and wave wall.  The valve tower will control water flow from the lake while strengthening of the reservoir wall was also essential to provide extra security in the event of heavy rainfall.

A joint project between NI Water and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Mr Ronan Larkin, director of finance and regulation at NI Water, outlined the reasons for the visit.

“April 2017 marks a decade of delivery for NI Water, and to acknowledge the role the company plays in Northern Ireland, local representatives were invited to come along and see the construction progress at the reservoir, as part of a programme of site visits throughout Northern Ireland,” he said.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Newry, Mourne & Down District Council to complete this essential work, which is so important for the local community. Work is progressing well and we anticipate that all work will be completed by May 2017. We will continue to keep all our stakeholders informed as this project continues.”

Council Chairperson Gillian Fitzpatrick said the project will enhance the lake as an important recreational resource for the future.

“The wave wall and valve tower at the reservoir has been clad with locally sourced granite, which has helped to reduce costs and enhanced the look of the completed project and we are delighted that the work will be completed ahead of June’s popular Crooked Lake Triathalon event,” she said.

“I also commend all the Camlough Lake user groups for their input on this project to date and we look forward to continuing our successful partnership with NI Water as we move towards the completion of this project.”

The project’s main contractor is Maghera-based BSG Civil Engineering, with AECOM providing project management and technical support.