Silverbridge Wastewater Treatment Works set for upgrade 

February 22, 2011

Sinn Fein Councillor Colman Burns has welcomed the announcement that the Wastewater Treatment Works at Silverbridge is to be extensively upgraded with work beginning in the coming weeks.

The work is scheduled to last for approximately three months and will represent an investment of over £500,000 in the local wastewater infrastructure.

Councillor Burns said: “The news of this major upgrade is very welcome to the residents of Silverbridge. For years these people have had to endure the problems associated with a sewage works that had not been developed in line with housing growth in the area.  Many times, especially in warm, dry weather, residents in Daly Park were forced to close their windows and doors, such was the putrid smell coming from the treatment plant.”

Mr Burns says he has contacted Water Service many times in the past to visit the site and remedy the problem.

“Thankfully, with this investment, we will see the installation of modern new infrastructure at the Daly Park site to provide higher quality treatment solutions and allow for further development in the coming years,” he said.

The Department of Regional Development has informed residents that the project will include the installation of new fully covered hi-tech tanks. In order to install these tanks excavation works will be necessary at the site. Therefore, heavy lorries will enter and exit Daly Park to remove soil and deliver building materials.

Councillor Burns explained: “I have received assurances from DRD that everything possible will be done to minimise disruption to the local residents. I have also got assurances that water and wastewater services will not be disrupted during the upgrade.

“I wish to commend the Department of Regional Development on their commitment to this area and if residents have any issues regarding the workings at the site throughout the duration of the upgrade, or indeed any issues in general, they can feel free to ring the local Sinn Fein Office or myself directly and we will work on your behalf,” he added.