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NI Water announces 1.5bn plans

Open water treatment tanks
NI Water expects to spend a huge sum on upgrades

NI Water has announced plans to spend another £1.5bn upgrading water and sewage systems over the next eight years.

In a contract advertised on Tuesday it asked for expressions of interest from consultants and contractors to from a "capital delivery alliance."

The company said it was currently spending up to £150m on infrastructure every year.

The new spending plans will have to be approved by the utility regulator.

NI Water, a government owned company, was formed in 2007.

It inherited a significant backlog of under investment.

The company said that since it was founded it had invested nearly £1m every working day and opened five major wastewater schemes.

The regulator is expected to give his verdict on the spending plans for 2010 - 2013 in September.

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