Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon confirmed the allocation as part of the Living with Water Programme, in response to Mr Durkan’s Assembly question on the matter.
Said the Foyle MLA:
“The extension of the Living with Water Programme beyond Belfast is a welcome move and once again sees Minister Mallon delivering on her promises on progress for the North West.
“This multi-agency initiative is an integrated plan to address the need for upgraded drainage and wastewater infrastructure.
“The £130,000 investment to develop a feasibility study in Derry will I hope, go a long way in addressing issues with flooding in pockets of the city.
“The study will focus on bringing forward plans for integrated drainage in Skeoge and Pennyburn.
“It will also examine opportunities to use blue/ green spaces such as Linear Park in Galliagh to manage surface rainwater and reduce flood risk in the surrounding areas.
“I have no doubt this will be welcome news for many residents in the Galliagh area, who have contacted my office over the years about persistent problems with flooding outside their homes following bouts of heavy rainfall.
“The low-lying nature of the estate has made it a notorious hotspot for problems with surface water, resulting in numerous callouts from the Department’s maintenance team over the years.
“By Addressing and improving the drainage infrastructure here, it will not only give residents peace of mind but will provide significant benefits in the long-term by reducing operating and maintenance costs.
“This study is a welcome start and I look forward to the progression of the Living with Water Programme in the North West.”