Wastewater 
works fined 
for pollution

The stretch of the Lagan at Dromore between the Cathedral and The Park � Edward Byrne Photography INBL1439-213EB
The stretch of the Lagan at Dromore between the Cathedral and The Park � Edward Byrne Photography INBL1439-213EB

A polluting discharge from the Dromore Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW) has resulted in a fine for Northern Ireland Water Limited (NIW).

NIW pleaded guilty and was fined £1,500 at Belfast Magistrates’ Court.

They were charged with making a polluting discharge from the local wastewater treatment works.

On January 9 2014, a Senior Water Quality Inspector acting on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, carried out a routine inspection of the outlet from Dromore Wastewater Treatment Works and observed an active discharge from the storm pipe. The discharge to the River Lagan was occurring during a period of dry weather and sewage debris was observed around the outfall. A sample taken at the time of the incident confirmed that the discharge contained poisonous, noxious or polluting matter, which was potentially harmful to fish life in the receiving waterway.

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