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Northern Ireland Water Ltd fined £2,000

Northern Ireland Water Ltd (NIW) was fined 2,000 plus court costs of 49 at Antrim Magistrates' Court today for making a polluting discharge to a waterway and breach of consent.
Wednesday, 4 May 2011

On 3 May 2010 an official from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency observed untreated sewage impacting on the Six Mile Water at Antrim for approximately 500 metres.

The source of the polluting discharge was traced to Massereene Sewage Pumping Station (SPS), Antrim, which is owned and operated by NIW.

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.

Notes to editors:

  1. NIW was charged under Article 7 (1) (a) and 7 (6) of the Water (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 with the offence of making a polluting discharge to a waterway and contravening the conditions of a discharge consent.
  2. For media enquiries please contact DOE Communications on 028 9054 0003 or out of office hours, contact the EIS Duty Press Officer on pager 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.