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Compliance with laws on sewage welcomed

Compliance with legislation on treating sewage continues to improve — but more work has to be done, Stormont’s Environment Minister has said.

A report by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) into compliance with sewage legislation for 2010 to 2011 showed an increase in compliance from 84% in 2007 to 93% in 2011.

The assessments were carried out by Northern Ireland Water (NIW) into wastewater treatment by companies under Public Private Partnership (PPP) contracts.

Environment Minister Alex Attwood said: “This is welcome news.

“This increase is a direct result of continued investment to improve the performance of wastewater treatment works through the upgrading of existing works and where required new treatment works facilities.

“But we need to do more, as I have highlighted in my Good Beach Summits, and I look forward to further improvements in compliance in the future.”

Belfast Telegraph