SWELL - AN INTRODUCTION...
DAERA visit team at Warrenpoint WwTW in January 2020, pre-Covid restrictions.
The SWELL Project upgraded Newpoint WwPS.
Activation Sludge Plant being filled at Warrenpoint WwTW.
Newpoint site March 2020.
SWELL, A MAJOR CROSS-BORDER PROJECT, AIMED AT IMPROVING WATER QUALITY IN CARLINGFORD LOUGH AND LOUGH FOYLE, HITS HALFWAY MARK... GLASS HALF FULL FOR SWELL PROJECT
T he Shared Waters Enhancement & Loughs Legacy (SWELL) is a four-year, €35m project focused on the construction of new wastewater treatment works and upgrades to sewerage networks on both sides of the border to address wastewater pollution in Carlingford Lough and Lough Foyle. Led by NI Water and working in partnership with Irish Water, the Agri- Food & Biosciences Institute (AFBI), Loughs Agency and East Border Region – SWELL is being funded as part of the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Reaching the halfway stage of the project, Martin Gillen, NI Water Programme Lead for SWELL commented, “We are delighted to successfully commission new wastewater infrastructure at Warrenpoint Wastewater Treatment Works and Newpoint Wastewater Pumping Station
(Newry) located in the Carlingford Lough drainage basin and at Strabane Wastewater Treatment Works and Donemana Wastewater Treatment Works located in the Lough Foyle drainage basin. “The work carried out at these key NI Water sites involved extensive upgrades of the existing wastewater assets to improve the quality of discharge to the respective waterways which impact on the shared waters of Carlingford Lough and Lough Foyle. “The completion of these four sites marks a major milestone in the overall SWELL project and I would like to thank NI Water’s project management support team from McAdam Design and Construction Consultancy Services and all our local contractors - GEDA, Water Solutions Ireland, GRAHAM, Enisca, BSG Civil Engineering and Deane Public Works - who have worked tirelessly through very challenging times to successfully deliver
this new infrastructure.” Neal Kerr, Director for McAdam Design was proud to have supported the Partners through all the stages of the project from the initial application process to INTERREG, concept design, commercial and project management of construction projects, model management, and project communications. Commenting on the works, Neal said, “The main challenges included helping prepare and deliver a project approach which involved several different supply chain partners working on four geographically separate construction projects, but all designed to deliver common outcomes. “Adopting a collaborative approach and ensuring good communication processes helped ensure that we were all pulling in the same direction.” SWELL partners, Irish Water will deliver a further four projects at Lifford, Killea
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