Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has said significant progress has been made on the construction of an £8 million sewerage treatment facility to serve the Magilligan area in the north west.
“The local watercourses, including Lough Foyle and the bathing waters at Benone Strand, will significantly benefit from this major investment and the construction industry in Northern Ireland is being given a welcome boost by the £8m investment,” he said.
“I am impressed to see the progress of the work on this important new treatment facility which will serve this popular tourist area well for many years to come,” the minister said.
Trevor Haslett, NI Water chief executive, explained how the £8m is being spent as part of the project.
“In an overhaul of the existing arrangements, all current waste water treatment works at Aughil, Drumavalley and those operated by the Ministry of Defence and HM Prison Magilligan, will be converted to modern new pumping stations,” he said.
“When the entire scheme is complete these pumping stations will transfer all waste water and storm water to the new Magilligan waste water treatment works for effective treatment before being discharged to sea through the new outfall pipe at Magilligan Point,” added the water chief.
“An additional benefit of the scheme is the decommissioning and removal of the existing Benone waste water treatment works, which is adjacent to one of the local caravan parks, along with the irrigation field to which it discharges.
“Minimising the effects of construction in an area where tourism plays such a major role has been a key objective for NI Water,” said Mr Haslett.