Northern Ireland Water fined £13k for polluting river

Sewage effluent from Northern Ireland Water’s wastewater treatment works entered the Blackwater River five times, forcing NIEA to launch a prosecution

Sewage from the treatment works has entered the river many times. Photograph: DAERANorthern Ireland Water has been fined £13,000 for polluting a river in County Down.

The water company pleaded guilty on 4 November at Newtonards Magistrates Court to polluting the Blackwater River five times between March 2014 and July 2015.

On 14 March 2014, a Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) water quality inspector observed a discharge of sewage effluent severely affecting the river for several hundred metres downstream, and traced it back to Northern Ireland Water’s Moneyreagh wastewater treatment works.

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