Developer fined at Dungannon Magistrates' Court
11 January 2023 15:26
NI Water has welcomed the outcome of a successful prosecution against a developer who had failed to install proper water connections to properties at two separate developments.
Carey Developments Ltd had failed to complete the application process for new connections and install legitimate water supplies for one property at Favour Royal Rd, Augher and eight properties at Derrycourtney Manor, Caledon. The company was fined £2,000, associated costs of £1,800 and just over £9,000 compensation in lieu of avoided connection charges at Dungannon Magistrates’ Court on 12 December.
Gary Little, Compliance Manager for NI Water, said this is a welcome result and should be seen as a strong message to developers who choose to avoid the essential connection process and install illegal connections to properties:
“Following a similar case in Lurgan, this is yet another example of reckless behaviour by some developers who prioritise profit over essential compliance.
“Done without any permission, training or qualifications, this behaviour jeopardises the health and safety of the public who rely on a safe and secure water supply.
“Illegal connections can invalidate insurance, affect future sales and above all impact on the health of your family. I would urge all buyers and solicitors engaging in property sales to confirm with the vendor that the water connection for their property has been legitimately installed through the NI Water connections process. Confirmation of NI Water infrastructure and associated connections is a service that NI Water can provide as part of the conveyancing process.”
Notes to Editor:
1. Northern Ireland Water’s Compliance Investigation Team was established on 1/1/2016. The team conducts investigations into cases of suspected unauthorised connections, meter tampering, interference with NI Water works and other offences as stipulated under the Water & Sewerage Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006.
2. NI Water takes any interference with its network and meter tampering very seriously and will seek to bring the perpetrators to court when identified. It is an offence to interfere with apparatus without its consent. This is not a ‘victimless crime’. This reckless action has the potential to contaminate water supplies or lead to pollution incidents.
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