An £8 million wastewater treatment works at Magilligan will serve the popular tourist area well for many years to come, according to NI Water.
The treatment plant off Point Road in Magilligan is part of the recently completed Benone Area Sewerage Scheme, which NI Water said will improve the waste water infrastructure, as well as bathing water quality.
Designed for “population projections to the year 2030”, the facility treats all sewerage flows from areas including Oughtymoyle, Drumavalley, Aughil, Benone, Magilligan Prison, “before discharging the final effluent to the North Channel via a new outfall pipe at Magilligan Point,” said a spokesperson.
“The treatment facility and associated improvements will serve this popular tourist area well for many years to come and the infrastructure improvements will also ensure compliance with foreseeable European standards,” said the spokesperson.
SDLP Colr. Gerry Mullan was one of several elected representatives who toured the facility on Tuesday.
“I regard this investment as a tribute to my late colleague Arthur Doherty, MLA,” said Colr. Mullan.
“Arthur had worked tirelessly for many years to win for the area a new sewerage scheme at Benone which would conform to the latest EU standards and has the capacity to cater for future flows and the significant summer/winter fluctuations.”