Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Sewerage upgrade may solve waste issue

Northern Ireland Water has said it is considering removing waste from the Donegal side of a border village as a £30m upgrade of sewerage infrastructure in the North West draws to a close.

Projects worth more than £28m has been pumped in to upgrade Londonderry’s sewer networks in recent years, with a further £1.3m of works to go.

The man in charge of the project said that the majority of the work to upgrade the city’s infrastructure was nearing completion with the remaining few projects to get under way next year.

Nigel McKee, NI Water senior project manager for engineering procurement, was speaking at this week’s meeting of Derry City Council's Regional Services Committee. The massive improvement programme was launched in 2005 after some of the city’s sewerage networks were branded ‘Victorian’ by some of Derry’s local representatives.

SDLP councillor Gus Hastings quizzed whether NI Water was satisfied that the works in Stranthfoyle area would deal with issues repeatedly raised by residents in the past number of years.

“In the past there have been overflows and the smell has been absolutely abominable,” he said.

Mr McKee confirmed that there would now be two pipes instead of one running from the region across to the Culmore waste water treatment works in the west bank in the future.

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