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Parker calls for NI Water meeting after sewage overspill

28 July, 2009

Balmoral Sinn Féin representative Vincent Parker has requested a meeting with representative of NI Water to discuss a sewage overspill occurring at the back of homes in Orchardville Crescent.

This is an ongoing problem which, most recently, has occurred 3 times in the last two weeks.

Vincent Parker said,
“The ongoing problem of overflowing sewers at the back of a number of houses on Orchardville Crescent is unacceptable. Residents have informed me that this overflow, which occurs on a regular basis, results in the back gardens of a number of properties in the street being covered in sewage. Not only is this highly unpleasant for the residents but it also represents an obvious health risk, especially for families with young children.

“While NI Water reacted quickly when I initially contacted them, and have offered short-term respite during recent occasions when there has been an overspill, the reality is that this is an ongoing problem which needs a permanent solution.

“NI Water have given a commitment to increase the capacity of the sub-station, and this is to be welcomed. However, residents remain concerned that increasing the capacity of the sub-station, in itself, will not resolve this problem.

He concluded,
“I have asked water service for a formal site assessment and have requested that a meeting with a representative of NI Water and local residents. This problem clearly poses a health risk and I would urge the Water Service to tackle this issue as a matter of urgency”.

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