Belfast Telegraph

£5m Belfast city centre sewer upgrade project completed

From left, DFI deputy permanent secretary Julie Thompson, Belfast Lord Mayor John Finucane and NI Water chief executive Sara Venning
From left, DFI deputy permanent secretary Julie Thompson, Belfast Lord Mayor John Finucane and NI Water chief executive Sara Venning

By Staff Reporter

NI Water has announced the completion of a £5m sewer project in Belfast city centre.

The organisation said the upgrade would help further development in the city.

It will also reduce the risk of out-of-sewer flooding, minimise blockages in existing sewers and improve water quality in the River Lagan, the body added.

Last week NI Water chairman Dr Len O'Hagan led a call for further investment in the water and sewerage infrastructure.

He said a spend of around £2.5bn was required to hold off an infrastructure crisis that could hold up housebuilding in areas from Limavady to Newry.

Dr O'Hagan added: "No drains means no cranes. It means that we can't accept new connections for new developments, houses, offices, factories, hotels, hospitals or schools.

"Development will be severely curtailed or completely frozen."

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NI Water said the Belfast city centre upgrade project was "an excellent example of what can be done when the necessary funding is in place".

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