Work has recently got underway on a new Wastewater Treatment Works at Donaghmore.
The existing works in the village has now reached capacity and will be replaced with a new £2.5m state of the art facility at the existing site on the Mullaghmore Road.
Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy said: “This is an important programme of work, involving significant financial investment by NI Water. I welcome the news that work is about to get underway, as the new plant will improve the wastewater infrastructure for NI Water customers and accommodate future growth and development in the area.
Derek Eccles, NI Water’s Project Manager added: “NI Water is pleased to start work on this essential scheme, which involves the construction of a new treatment plant for the Donaghmore area.
“The new plant will substantially increase the capacity for wastewater treatment in the area and will greatly improve the river water quality in the River Torrent. The scheme will also provide a welcome boost to the local construction industry with local company Lagan Construction Group being awarded this significant contract.”
It is anticipated that the new plant will be operational in the spring of 2015. NI Water and our contractor Lagan Construction Group would like to thank the public for their patience and cooperation while we complete this essential scheme and will make every effort to keep disruption to a minimum throughout the contract. There may be increased traffic in the area during construction and customer queries should be directed to Waterline on: 08457 440088.
The news was welcomed by Mid-Ulster Ulster Unionists Sandra Overend MLA and Torrent Councillor Kenneth Reid.
Mrs Overend, who is the Ulster Unionist Party Environment Spokesperson and the Assembly Private Secretary to the Minister for Regional Development Danny Kennedy MLA, commented: “This is a significant investment in improving the wastewater infrastructure in Donaghmore, and I welcome the announcement by my Ulster Unionist colleague Danny Kennedy that this is to be a state of the art facility. Work is already underway at the site, and the plant is expected to be completed and operational by the spring of 2015.”
Cllr Reid added: “This new facility is vitally important for the Donaghmore area and should also bring about a welcome improvement in the water quality of the River Torrent, and follows developments made to the wastewater infrastructure in Coalisland in the last few years.”
DUP MLA Ian McCrea also welcomed the news saying: “I welcome the announcement that NI Water has commenced works to replace the wastewater treatment works at Donaghmore. The old treatment works had reached its capacity and will now see a new state of the art facility constructed that will increase the capacity for wastewater treatment in the area and will enhance capacity for the foreseeable future as well as greatly improve the river water quality in the River Torrent.
“I am glad to see Donaghmore WWTW grow especially in these difficult economic times, as I believe it is essential for our local towns to be prepared for new development, in order to grow and prosper in the future. I am also delighted that a local firm Lagan Construction Group have been awarded this significant contract.
“With all such projects will come the inevitable delays and disruption, so I would ask motorists to exercise patience and plan journeys ahead to avoid delays.”