Delivery of the Shared Waters Enhancement & Loughs Legacy (SWELL) Project


Delivery of the Shared Waters Enhancement & Loughs Legacy (SWELL) Project


Starting 21 April 2021 18:00 through to 21 April 2021 19:30

The Shared Waters Enhancement & Loughs Legacy (SWELL) project represents a major cross-border programme of work aimed at improving water quality in the shared waters between Northern Ireland and Ireland through enhanced wastewater treatment.

Awarded €35 million under the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body, the four-year SWELL project involves 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 Carlingford Lough and Lough Foyle.

A total of eight wastewater infrastructure upgrades, as well as catchment studies and ecosystem modelling are being carried out under SWELL within the Carlingford Lough drainage basin and the Lough Foyle drainage basin. The improvements to the wastewater assets will help contribute to raising the current EU Water Framework Directive status of ‘moderate’ to ‘good’.

The project - which is being led by NI Water working in partnership with Irish Water, the Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute (AFBI), Loughs Agency and East Border Region, will culminate in the development of a dynamic environmental legacy model which will help water utilities and regulatory bodies on both sides of the border, to identify the best approaches to achieving further improvement of overall water quality in the future. 

This event will provide an insight into how this complex €35 million programme of work is being effectively managed and how this cross-border partnership is utilising best practice, innovation and knowledge sharing to achieve the outputs and results of the INTERREG VA Programme. Delegates will also gain an appreciation of how the extensive modelling work is being planned and executed to develop a lasting legacy for the project.

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