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£5 million sewer overhaul for Ormeau Avenue/Dublin Road Area

30 January 2018 14:43

NI Water is pleased to announce that work has commenced on a £5 million project to improve the sewerage infrastructure in the Ormeau area, which will include Ormeau Avenue, Dublin Road, Bruce Street, Sandy Row and sections of the lower Ormeau Road.

Once complete, this investment will reduce the risk of out of sewer flooding in this part of the sewerage network during periods of heavy rainfall. Environmental pollution will also be reduced, and the scheme will significantly improve the water quality in the River Lagan. Initial works are now underway and include site set-up at the new Wastewater Pumping Station site on Hardcastle Street, subsequent to this some site investigation works will be undertaken in the car parks on Bruce Street.

The first phase of construction on the road works will commence on 5th February 2018 on Adelaide Street, with work progressing from the Ormeau Avenue end. We anticipate that this phase will be completed in May 2018. During this time, a lane closure will be in place on Adelaide Street, however normal traffic flow will be maintained. Parking restrictions will be in place in the vicinity of the works. NI Water have liaised closely with the Department for Infrastructure and other key stakeholders during the planning of these works, and will continue to do so as the work progresses.

As with all work of this nature, there will be traffic disruption in the area, which will include lane closures at various locations as the work progresses. There will also be a reduction of parking availability within car parks in certain areas and relevant signage and traffic management will be in place as we move to different areas.

We will continue to keep businesses and residents in the area informed of progress, through direct day-to-day contact on site and regular updates through Belfast City Centre Management. As the work progresses we will provide our best estimate of timescale for the completion of each section of the project as the work progresses. However, as with any large and complex capital project, adjustments to timeframes are to be expected.

NI Water and our contractor Dawson WAM would like to thank the public in advance for their patience and cooperation as we prepare to commence this essential improvement work. We assure you that we will do everything that we can to keep disruption to a minimum. Customer queries should be directed to Waterline on 03457 440088.

As proud partners of NI Year of Infrastructure 2018, NI Water is helping to raise awareness of how infrastructure underpins our lives. This £5 million investment in the Ormeau area is an excellent example of the importance of our infrastructure to help reduce the risk of flooding and protect the environment. For further information log on to

For further information, please contact NI Water’s Press Office on 02890 354710 or email

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