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Kennedy Announces Start of £4.5m Holywood/ Kinnegar Sewerage Infrastructure Improvement Project

30 October 2014 12:00

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has announced that a £4.5million sewerage infrastructure improvement project has got underway in the Holywood/Kinnegar area.

It is anticipated that work on the NI Water project will be completed by March 2016.

The project involves a programme of sewer laying, tunnelling work and construction of a pumping station in the Holywood / Kinnegar area. The majority of the work will take place in the vicinity of Kinnegar Wastewater Treatment Works (WwTW) with construction of one of the main sewers across the A2 Belfast / Bangor Road, being done by tunnelling to mitigate traffic disruption. This major engineering project will improve the sewerage infrastructure in the Holywood / Kinnegar area and reduce the likelihood of odour issues.

Danny Kennedy said: “I welcome the start of this major project, which involves the construction of sewers and tunnels in the vicinity of the A2 Belfast/Bangor Road and railway line.

“The project will divert wastewater overflow discharges to a new wastewater pumping station adjacent to Kinnegar Wastewater Treatment Works, improving the overall infrastructure in the area and reducing the likelihood of odours.”

Investigation of the sewerage network confirmed that three Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) at Jacksons Road, Strathearn Court and Palace Barracks, and discharge to lagoons adjacent to the Wastewater Treatment Works have previously led to odour issues.

The project comprises the construction of a new sewer and pumping station that will allow the removal of these CSOs at Jackson Road, Strathearn, and Palace Barracks. The new pumping station will also pump sewage flows from the adjacent MOD facility and the Belfast Harbour Estate to Kinnegar WwTW for treatment.

Sara Venning, NI Water’s Chief Executive said: “We would like to thank the public for their patience throughout this major programme of work, and will continue to work closely with the elected representatives and stakeholders for the area.

“This project is good news, as it will improve wastewater services for our customers in the area and will reduce the risk of odours, which have been problematic in the past.”

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