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Dead fish are found in Co Antrim reservoir

By Victoria Leonard

Dead fish were yesterday spotted floating in a reservoir which supplies drinking water to thousands of homes across Belfast and Co Antrim.

Pictures of the fish kill, which have been retweeted by environmental campaigner Bianca Jagger, were taken last night at Woodburn Lower South Impounding Reservoir, one of four reservoirs which supply water to 130,000 people. The reservoir and three others feed into the Dorisland water treatment centre, which supplies 705 streets across Belfast, 532 streets in Carrickfergus, 576 streets in Newtownabbey, 59 streets in Larne, 80 streets in Whitehead, four streets in Ballycarry and one street in Antrim.

Fiona Joyce of environmental campaign group Stop the Drill called for action to ensure public health was safeguarded.

Spokespersons for DAERA and NI Water said that, at this stage, oxygen deficiency during fish restocking was thought to be behind the incident. NI Water said there had been "no impact" on the final water quality leaving the Dorisland treatment works.

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