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Funding of €35 million – EU’s INTERREG VA Programme

Aim:  Improve the water quality status of Carlingford Lough and Lough Foyle.

The SWELL project brings state-owned water companies from Northern Ireland and Ireland together for the first time to investigate causes of water pollution on both sides of the border.

It will be delivered by NI Water and Irish Water in partnership with the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Loughs Agency and East Border Region Ltd.

The funding will be used on a cross-border basis to upgrade and build wastewater treatment facilities in the Carlingford Lough and Lough Foyle drainage basins. It will benefit 10,000 people living on both sides of the border.

The project will help improve the quality of water in and around Carlingford Lough and Lough Foyle, in compliance with the EU’s Water Framework Directive (WFD). It will also support a common approach to water resource management.

The project’s legacy is that, for the first time, environmental work being carried out in Lough Foyle and Carlingford’s respective catchments will be linked. This will help the regulatory bodies in Northern Ireland and Ireland achieve further improvements in overall water quality.

SWELL News – Official Newsletter of the Shared Waters Enhancement & Loughs Legacy

Issue 1 Summer 2020


Following the Government’s advice in relation to COVID-19, Loughs Agency has put in place a number of measures to maximise our capacity to continue to deliver our services as best we can.