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Northern Ireland Water fined £500 for pollution offence

Stormont Executive press releases - Department of the Environment

Northern Ireland Water (NIW) was fined £500 plus £25 court costs at Craigavon Magistrates' Court today.

They pleaded guilty to breaching the conditions of a discharge consent relating to the operation of Milltown Road Waste Water Pumping Station (WWPS), Waringstown.

On 8 August 2011, a Water Quality Inspector (WQI), acting on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, inspected the Waringstown Stream upstream of its confluence with the River Lagan at Milltown Road, Waringstown. The stream was visibly discoloured and there was fungal growth on the bed of the River Lagan downstream. Dead fish were also present.

Untreated sewage was found to be discharging from the Milltown Road WWPS to the affected waterway. The discharge was occurring due to the failure of standby pumping equipment to operate at the WWPS. This situation contravened the conditions of a Water (NI) Order 1999 ‘consent to discharge’ issued in respect of the site.

Notes to editors:

1. NIW was charged under Article 7 (6) of the Water (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 with the offence of breaching the conditions of a discharge consent.

2. NIW holds a consent to discharge under the Water (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 which permits discharges to be made from the WWTW to the waterway under specific conditions.

3. In this case, an additional source contributing to the pollution of the waterway was discovered upstream of the NIW facility; the responsible party was successfully prosecuted in a separate action.

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