NI Water is spending about £850,000 to upgrade waste water treatment works in Drumaroad and Attical in County Down, Northern Ireland.

The upgrades are part of NI Water’s multi-million pound rural wastewater investment program (RWwIP).

NI Water senior project manager Martin Gillen said the RWwIP is a dedicated program of work being carried out by NI Water to upgrade wastewater facilities in villages spanning the length and breadth of Northern Ireland.

"This dedicated rural scheme is both complex and logistically challenging but the rewards are far-reaching in terms of environmental improvements," Gillen said.

"Each project represents a significant investment by NI Water to implement the latest technology available to raise the standard of wastewater treatment so that rural communities can benefit from improved air and river water quality."

NI Water is upgrading the sewage works in both villages by deploying modern wastewater systems to enhance the quality of treated effluent and bring it into line with the latest EU directives.