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Pollution incident at Greysteel

20 July 2011 16:36

NI Water has pleaded guilty to causing a pollution incident from Greysteel Wastewater Treatment Works (WwTW) on 20 November 2008.

A spokesperson for NI Water explained,

"The incident is linked to a mechanical failure which resulted in equipment which helped control the flows from the treatment works failing to work effectively. This resulted in a restriction of the flows causing a discharge via the storm tank to the water course.

"NI Water acted to stop the discharge to the river as soon as staff were made aware of it. A clean up was not required and no fish were killed as a result.

"NI Water identified areas within the Works that will improve the alarm process and reduce future discharges which will minimise the risk of this occurring again."

NI Water was fined £1000. Throughout the process, NI Water cooperated fully with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

NI Water views the protection of the environment as a major priority and invests significant resources and measures to safeguard it.

NI Water’s environmental record is improving each year, and due to major capital investment, we have achieved the best ever wastewater compliance in 2010.

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