A four-year project to upgrade the Belfast sewers network and reduce the risk of flooding has been completed at a total cost of £160 million.
The work included building one of the largest stormwater pumping stations in Ireland, Northern Ireland Water confirmed. The improvements have also helped reduce the chance of pollution passing to the River Lagan.
Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy said: “The completion of the Belfast sewers project is good news for everyone in the city and represents an important milestone in its history.
“This project underlines our commitment to support growth and development across the region by improving vital infrastructure and highlights the importance of continuing to invest in our water and sewerage infrastructure.”
A large number of sewer overflows were closed during the upgrade, which also included more than 500 repairs to the system. The network had been built back in the Victorian era.