Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

Northern Ireland Water fined £750 over pollution

Northern Ireland Water has been fined £750 plus court costs of £31 at Craigavon Magistrates Court after it admitted polluting a waterway.

The incident at Ballynacor waste water treatment works was detected on April 22, 2009 by water quality inspectors acting for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, the Department of the Environment (DoE) said in a statement.

They noticed a dark coloured discharge flowing from a pipe towards the boundary of the site. “The source of the polluting discharge was traced to the sludge dewatering plant operated by Northern Ireland Water,” a DoE spokesman said.

“A sample taken at the time of the incident confirmed that the discharge contained poisonous, noxious or polluting matter which was potentially harmful to fish life in the receiving waterway.”