IMPROVEMENT works worth £750,000 are currently underway to upgrade Tempo Wastewater Treatment Works.
Northern Ireland Water is investing the money to replace equipment at the existing works and bring it into line with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) standards.
This essential programme of work is projected to be completed by the summer.
John Griffin, senior project manager at NI Water commented:
“The work at Tempo Wastewater Treatment Works is good news for customers in the Tempo area, as this investment enables NI Water to replace the ageing mechanical process equipment, which has reached the end of its service life, with a more energy efficient treatment process.
“The enhanced facility will increase the capacity for wastewater treatment while meeting all wastewater quality requirements, as well as bringing many environmental benefits, not least improving the water quality in the local rivers and tributaries which flow into Lough Erne.’’
Cookstown-based Enisca Civil Engineering, has been appointed as the contractor for the delivery of this significant programme of work.
Local SDLP councillor Patricia Rogers is delighted that Tempo is getting the much needed investment.
“I welcome this development because there has been a large amount of development in the last number of years and it has really put a strain on the existing old system.”
The councillor explained that the old system has held back development in the village and it is her hope that the improvements at the Wastewater Treatment Works will benefit Tempo in the long-term.
“It means people can stay in their own areas and build closer to home. The indigenous people from the area may have land and now they don’t have to move into the town. They can have a site on their land and this will only help people remain in the locality. “With the old system in place you couldn’t really explore development or opportunities to do something in Tempo because the sewage system was oversubscribed.
“There is a potential there now for new development and planning. Before that the village was exhausted and at its limit.”
“The villages in the county could do with expanding, it’s about keeping communities together,” she added.
NI Water, in co-operation with our contractor Enisca, would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding while we complete this essential upgrade for the benefit of customers in the Tempo area.
Every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum during the work.
It is possible that there may be increased traffic in the village during the upgrade work, and all customer queries should be directed to NI Water via Waterline by dialling 08457 44 00 88.
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