Rathfriland Water Tower
Rathfriland Water Tower

Rathfriland Water Tower, which holds almost 700,000 litres of water and supplies Rathfriland town, last week had a deep clean.

As part of NI Water’s ongoing commitment to providing high quality drinking water, reservoirs are cleaned on a five year cycle.

John Hughes, Field Manager at NI Water comments, “Every five years staff and I climb 110 feet up to the top of the tower and clean the inside.  This year, NI Water involved the local Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) to be used as a Health and Safety awareness exercise.

“The tower is a staple and prized feature in Rathfriland. It was built in 1977 and occupies the summit of the hill on which the town was built. It is also thought to be the site of the old Magginis Castle and the birthplace of the notorious Australian Highwayman, Captain Moonlight.

“The NIFRS carried out a full inspection of the tower, both internal and external and they were impressed with the efforts staff went to, to provide a safe working environment and by the efforts put in place to protect the passing general public.”

L-R Crew Commander Martin Mackin, NI Water’s John Hughes, Crew Commander Lee Murray and District Commander Podge McKeown.

Every day, NI Water delivers 560 million litres of clean, fresh water to homes and businesses, that’s enough to fill 1 billion refreshing glasses!

NI Water’s Stephen McCauley and John Hughes