Northern Ireland Water has confirmed it’s assessing two Coleraine reservoirs for development and recreational potential before selling them off on the private market.
Ballyversal and Dunalis reservoirs are among several being sold off by the state-owned utility firm.
A spokesperson for the company told the Times that the local reservoirs will be sold if a private buyer can be found.
“The following reservoirs in the North West are no longer in operational use and are surplus to NI Water’s requirements: Ballyversall, Coleraine; Dunalis, Coleraine; Killea, Londonderry
“These sites will be assessed for development and recreational potential, and advertised on the private market accordingly,” the spokesperson confirmed to the paper.
Water Minister Danny Kennedy said the Government-owned company has a responsibility to sell off the publicly-owned assets if they are redundant and no longer supplying householders with water.
“In accordance with the terms of Northern Ireland Water’s operating licence, it has an obligation to dispose of assets that are no longer of use. Twenty-five reservoirs have been identified for potential disposal during the current financial year, and these are detailed in the annual land disposal return for 2015-16, which was submitted to the Utility Regulator on April 1, 2015,” he said.
“Northern Ireland Water appreciates the potential for local community use through continued public ownership and agreed, in the first instance, to offer these reservoirs to the public sector to determine any expressions of interest, prior to advertising them for sale on the open market.
“Expressions of interest were invited from the public sector during 2014, in accordance with the Department of Finance and Personnel’s ‘Disposal of Surplus Public Sector Property in Northern Ireland’ guidance document.
Last year NI Water also agreed the sale of reservoirs in Belfast and Portrush to private purchasers.
“The remaining impounding reservoir sites will be assessed for development and recreational potential and advertised on the public market accordingly,” said Mr Kennedy