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NI Water to commence improvement work on sewage network in Portglenone

NI Water will commence essential sewer improvement work on Main Street (between number 38 Main Street and Townhill Road) as part of an overall programme of work to improve the existing sewers in the Portglenone area.


The work – which will help reduce the likelihood of sewer collapses, blockages and ‘out of sewer’ flooding in the area will get underway during the week commencing 31 October 2022 and will last approximately 2 weeks.


A breakdown of the works is as follows:


  • Week commencing 31 October 2022: Traditional open-cut methods of repair on Main Street, 25m west of Crawfords Close to Townhill Road, for approximately 1 week. Working hours will be 8am to 5pm.


  • Week commencing 7 November 2022: Trenchless (underground) repairs from existing manholes on Main Street, between 38 Main Street and the junction of Townhill Road, for up to 1 week. Working hours for trenchless methods will be overnight from 7pm to 6am.

NI Water Senior Project Manager, Robert McLean explains:

“NI Water has carried out extensive CCTV work on the sewerage system in Portglenone and has identified a number of areas that require improvement work, to ensure that the sewers are as robust as possible.

“NI Water and our contractor GEDA Construction have carried out letter drops in the area and will continue to liaise with any businesses and residents directly affected by these works. We appreciate that work of this nature can be disruptive and we will endeavour to minimise noise and keep disruption to a minimum.


“I would also like to highlight the dangers of construction sites and appreciate the cooperation of the public in ensuring that children do not play in or around the works or machinery. Our working areas will have warning signs and traffic control in place to protect the public from any danger.


“Finally, the team would like to thank the public for their patience and cooperation as we complete this essential work. Local communities will benefit from these sewer improvements and reduced flood risk for many years to come.” 


Traffic management will be in place during these works to manage the flow of traffic.

Access for businesses and residents will be maintained but may be subject to slight delays, while parking restrictions may be in place around any working area.

Robert continued:

"Please be assured that our contractor GEDA will make every effort to minimise noise and disruption and complete the work in the shortest possible timeframe.

"NI Water manages a network of 15,600km of sewers on a daily basis and we have spent billions investing in our water and wastewater infrastructure. However, no amount of investment will completely stop blocked pipes or inappropriate items polluting our environment. Items such as baby wipes and sanitary products are often the cause of out of sewer flooding which can easily be avoided by only flushing the 3Ps, pee, poo and toilet paper; everything else needs to go in the bin."


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