SWELL aims to improve water
A MAJOR cross-border
project which aims to improve water quality in Lough
Foyle through enhanced wastewater treatment was
officially launched yesterday in Derry.
The Shared Waters Enhancement & Loughs Legacy
(SWELL) project, which has been awarded €35m, under
the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, will see the
construction of new wastewater treatment works as
well as upgrades to sewerage networks on both sides
of the border to address wastewater pollution in
Lough Foyle and Carlingford Lough.
The four-year project will culminate in the
development of a unique environmental legacy model
that can be used to achieve further improvements in
water quality in these shared waters.
The mouth of Lough Foyle where
Greencastle in Co Donegal is adjacent to Magilligan
Point in Northern Ireland.
Paul Harper, Director
of Asset Delivery at NI Water, said: “The project
provides a welcome opportunity for both water
utilities to work collaboratively to prioritise and
align projects in a coordinated way so as to make
maximum positive impact on the shared waterbodies on
the island of Ireland.”
Through extensive investigations and use of
innovative modelling techniques, the SWELL ecosystem
model will be able to track the pathways of
nutrients and contaminants of wastewater, industrial
or agricultural sources to determine their impact on
the receiving waters. This legacy model will assist
the water utilities and regulatory bodies on both
sides of the border by identifying best approaches
to achieving further improvement of overall water
quality in the future.