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Antrim reservoirs taken out of service during oil drilling project

By Linda Stewart

Published 27/04/2016

Two reservoirs which provide drinking water to hundreds of homes across Belfast and Co Antrim have been put out of service while oil exploration is carried out nearby
Two reservoirs which provide drinking water to hundreds of homes across Belfast and Co Antrim have been put out of service while oil exploration is carried out nearby

Two reservoirs which provide drinking water to hundreds of homes across Belfast and Co Antrim have been put out of service while oil exploration is carried out nearby.

Northern Ireland Water has assured councillors that the reservoirs at Woodburn Forest near Carrickfergus will not be contaminated by an exploratory borehole 350 metres away, but said it had put the two reservoirs offline for the duration of the project.

Following a meeting of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, campaigners from Stop The Drill said they learned that the "potentially contaminated" water from the reservoirs is now being diverted into Belfast Lough.

"This is an admission that NI Water do not trust that the Woodburn site is a 'zero discharge site'," they said.

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