Northern Ireland Water has been fined £4,000 after untreated sewage polluted a waterway flowing onto a Co Down beach when the discharge escaped from one of its pumping stations.
The company was fined at Newtownards Magistrates Court for breaching its consent conditions on two separate occasions, the Department of the Environment said in a statement.
NI Water said the pollution incidents were the result of a fault with the equipment that monitors Cloughy South pumping station.
The company also added that it had co-operated fully with the Environment Agency throughout.
“NI Water views the protection of the environment as a major priority and invests significant resources and measures to safeguard it,” a spokesperson said.
“We have invested nearly £500m over the last three years to bring the sewerage network and wastewater treatment works up to an acceptable standard. With ongoing investment, we will continue to improve services for the people of Northern Ireland.”