NI Water tapped on Dungiven issues and Banagher Dam

East Derry MLA Cathal O'h'Ois�n and  Sinn Fein Westminster candidate Caoimhe Archibald along with NI Water representatives.
East Derry MLA Cathal O'h'Ois�n and Sinn Fein Westminster candidate Caoimhe Archibald along with NI Water representatives.

Dungiven residents who have experienced sewerage problems are being urged to dispose of inappropriate items using bins after NI Water said it is “fighting a daily battle to keep sewers clean”.

NI Water officials recently met with a local Sinn Fein delegation to discuss issues relating to a sewerage problem at Priory Road.

MLA Cathal Ó hOisín, Councillor Sean McGlinchey and Westminster candidate Caoimhe Archibald called for the meeting after “residents had highlighted a sewage back up problem”.

“NI Water have assured me they are looking into the problem and in the meantime would encourage people to mindful of what they put down their toilets and ‘if in doubt, bag it and bin it’,” said Ms Archibald.

A spokesperson for NI Water said: “NI Water carried out a desilting exercise, and removed a quantity of inappropriate items, such as wipes, rags etc, from the sewer.

“While this matter will be kept under review, NI Water would take this opportunity to remind customers to dispose of inappropriate items in the bin, rather than in the sewers.

“Flushing items like household wipes, sanitary towels, nappies, etc is a very common cause of blockages across Northern Ireland, and NI Water is literally fighting a daily battle to keep our sewers clear, at a cost of £2.5 million per year.”

The delegation also discussed Banagher Dam and what they described as “ongoing issues in the area around access, car parking and facility provision”.

Ms. Archibald said Banagher Dam is “a beautiful area, regularly used by local walkers and joggers”. She said the area has “the potential to be a major tourist attraction” but has suffered issues with littering and overgrown grass.

The Sinn Fein delegation have called on the “relevant agencies to step up and take responsibility for this hidden gem, before it is too late”.

NI Water said regarding issues discussed relating to the provision of recreational facilities at Banagher Dam: “Traditionally, the provision of such facilities has been the responsibility of the local council, and NI Water was not responsible for the past provision of recreational facilities at the Banagher site. While we are happy for the public to visit sites like Banagher Dam for recreational purposes, it is not, and never has been, the responsibility of NI Water to provide facilities.”