Brompton Road Waste Water Treatment Works

Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 16 April 2024.

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Photo of Connie Egan Connie Egan Alliance 2:30, 16 April 2024

T2. Ms Egan asked the Minister for Infrastructure how he will address the fact that although NI Water recently completed improvements costing £4 million at the Brompton Road waste water pumping station, noticeably more sewage is going into the sea. (AQT 182/22-27)

Photo of John O'Dowd John O'Dowd Sinn Féin

I am not aware of the specifics of the issue that the Member raises, but the Member will be aware of the recent discussion of NI Water's funding and of how and when it can discharge from its sewage works. It can discharge when the system is overcome with rainwater from drains, for example. I do not know how many incidents there have been in that case, but I am more than happy to follow up with the Member. In simple terms, we need to continue to invest in our waste water treatment works. We need to ensure that we meet all our environmental obligations. That is a huge challenge for my Department and the Executive

Photo of Connie Egan Connie Egan Alliance

Thank you, Minister. Part of the concern is that we do not know what volume of sewage is being discharged or the duration of the discharges. When will you install event duration monitors in waste water treatment works?

Photo of John O'Dowd John O'Dowd Sinn Féin

As part of the capital plan for NI Water, approximately 700 monitors will be installed. They will be targeted at reservoirs and swimming areas. They are starting to be rolled out and will give us a better picture of where the challenges are and where the incidents have been. We want to get to a point at which discharges are less frequent than they have been. That will require separation of foul water and rainwater drainage systems, which is a huge investment. We have started on that, but we have a long way to go.

Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP

Miss Hargey is not in her place.