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NI Water fined over sewage discharge into Newry Canal

Northern Ireland Water Ltd has been fined £500 after untreated sewage discharged into Newry Canal.

It admitted the offence at Newry Magistrates’ Court last Monday.

The discharge came from Islandbank Wastewater Pumping Station to the Newry Canal.

On 13 July 2015, a Senior Water Quality Inspector (WQI), acting on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) responded to a report of pollution and visited the Wastewater Pumping Station.

The Inspector observed sewage-related debris on the roadway by the station and material, consistent with untreated sewage, was discovered floating on the surface of the canal.  The Inspector also observed a significant volume of untreated sewage overtopping the walls of the structure which was then passing under the front gate and discharging to the Newry Canal.

Information provided by NIWL indicated that, “During the morning of 13 July 2015, the storm chamber alarms were received at the Telemetry Control Centre, however, they were considered to be ‘fleeting’ in nature and interpreted as an instrument fault on site. As a result, the alarm received was not passed out to the ‘on-call’ Field Manager [for action].”

Anyone wishing to report a pollution incident can call the 24 hour Water Pollution Hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

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