Work begins on £4.8m upgrade at Newry Wastewater Treatment Works

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Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
Northern Ireland Water has started actions to increase treatment capacity and improve odour control at the Newry Wastewater Treatment Works.  Local councillors and businesses located at the Greenbank were given details of the multi-million pound upgrade at a recent presentation. Details of the £4.8million project include the building of two large primary settlement tanks, which would increase the capability of the treatment works and enable it to deal more effectively with any unexpected discharges to the sewerage network. Dermott McCurdy, NI Water’s Head of Wastewater Capital Procurement, has said that the treatment works had been commissioned in 2003, at a time when the population equivalent – trade and residential effluent equated to 63,000 people, however the demand has increased in recent years. Mr McCurdy also said that the additional flow into the works “was putting significant pressure on the treatment processes and on occasions had resulted in foul odours emanating from the works.” Mr McCurdy also said, “The large primary tanks already under construction will substantially increase the treatment capacity at the works. Whilst the improved biological capability will mean that the plant will be better equipped to deal with any non-consented discharges to the sewerage network. The refurbished and extended odour control process will further serve to alleviate odour problems in the future.” Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy said: “This is an important program of work involving significant financial investment by NI Water. I welcome the news that elements of the upgrade have now been completed and ongoing work is on schedule.”
NI Water have assured local businesses that they and their appointed contractors, Maghera-based BSG Civil Engineering, will continue to make every effort to keep disruption to a minimum throughout the remainder of the contract.
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