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A SCHEME to upgrade the faulty sewerage system in Limavady is under consideration by NI Water, depending on availability of funding.

There have been calls for the Department for Infrastructure to invest in the public sewer network in the area.

According to NI Water a solution has been identified to tackle the issue of sewer flooding and it believes a drainage network model will be in place, funding permitting.

A spokesperson for NI Water told the Northern Constitution: “NI Water has investigated out of sewer flooding in Limavady and this involved the development of a Limavady drainage area network model.

“A solution has been identified and the findings will be considered by NI Water over the coming months.

“The implementation of a Limavady sewer network upgrade in NI Water's current business planning period (2015 to 2021) will be subject to prioritisation and the availability of the necessary funding.”

NI Water also confirmed as it is a government owned company it is subject to public expenditure cuts.

The water company added that for the period 2015 - 2021 £55m worth of projects will not be delievered due to budjet cuts.

NI Water added: “Northern Ireland is unique within the UK as being the only part where the regulated water and wastewater utility is unable to fully implement the economic regulator’s final determination on funding due to public expenditure constraints.

“The final determination sets out the required levels of funding and service.

“As a government owned company (GoCo) and a non-departmental public body (NDPB), NI Water is not immune from public expenditure cuts and uncertainty over funding.

“This places progress on efficiencies at risk and could result in tangible impacts on service delivery, the local economy and the environment.

NI Water’s PC15 business plan (2015 to 2021) started from a constrained capital expenditure position with £990m of public expenditure budget available against a requirement for £1.7bn.

“Further public expenditure cuts over the PC15 period mean that around £55m of projects will not be delivered.

“These are projects such as upgraded wastewater treatment plants, sewer network upgrades or new water mains needed to connect new houses and underpin wider economic growth.”

Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has called on the Department for Infrastructure to invest in the upgrading of the public sewer network in Limavady.

The East Derry MLA said: “There have been issues with planning applications not progressing as the public sewerage network can’t cope and NI water is not approving any new connections to the network.

"I have written to the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Infrastructure who has advised that NI water is currently identifying solutions for upgrading the sewer system to address flooding and new development issues in Limavady.

"A business case is to be completed in Autumn 2018 and I would urge the department that once this is complete, the funding should be released to allow upgrading works to commence."

NI Water is due to commence a £2.1 million sewerage network improvement scheme in the Benone area, involving work to benefit local caravan parks and tourist complexes

NI Water will host a “Drop In” Public Information Session on Thursday September 27 4-7pm at Benone Tourist Complex, 53 Benone Avenue, Limavady,BT49 0LQ.

Members of the public are encouraged to come along and find out more information on this project and everyone is welcome to drop in at any stage between 4pm and 7pm.

The scheme - which will involve the replacement of some of the existing vacuum system with new wastewater pumping stations, pumping mains and sewers is anticipated to get underway in November 2018.

The work will largely take place during the autumn/winter months over the next two years to reduce disruption during the busy tourist season.

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