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NI Water Address Council re: Woodburn Issues

26 April 2016 11:21

NI Water attended Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council this evening to provide members with an update on the steps that have been taken to ensure that exploratory drilling oil exploratory work by Infrastrata at Woodburn Forest poses no threat to the water supply to the public.
NI Water officials told councillors that:-“The security and safety of the public water supply is NI Water’s top priority.  The company would not carry out or permit any activity which would jeopardise the quality of the water delivered to our customers.

“All requests for activities within the catchment area which we own are assessed to ensure there will be no residual risk to the drinking water supply.

“We have carried out a detailed analysis of the risks to the public water supply in the Dorisland Catchment.

“There are 6 impounding reservoirs which hold water before it flows to Dorisland impounding reservoir, prior to entering the treatment works. The exploratory drill site has been taken out of the catchment area by taking 2 raw water reservoirs, the Woodburn South reservoirs, out of the supply catchment.

“As a precaution and to assist with allying public fears, NI Water has put increased monitoring of raw water in place at all reservoirs and at the treatment works (with automatic shutdown).


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