Mr Dickson said: “This is fantastic news for the residents of East Antrim. This £3.5 million investment programme will mean that the upgraded water mains will improve the reliability and security of the local water supply and the quality of drinking water. In the long term, this investment will benefit not only local infrastructure, but also public health.
“This programme is due to start in late July and will run right through until November 2014. NI Water have assured me that, in conjunction with DRD, they will try to keep disruption around these works to a minimum. Local residents affected by the works will be updated by NI Water in due course.
“The majority of this improvement work will take place in the Larne area, including the Mill Brae Road, Drumahoe Road, Linn Road and Ballyhampton Road areas of Larne. The work will also take place in Newtownabbey, including the Doagh and Ballyclare Roads. Finally, work will also take place in Ballyclare, including the Ballyeaston Road and the Longshot.”