Northern Ireland Water fined after Milltown discharge

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Northern Ireland Water (NIW) was fined £500 plus £25 court costs at Craigavon Court this week.

They admitted breaching the conditions of a discharge consent relating to the operation of Milltown Road Waste Water Pumping Station (WWPS), Waringstown.

On August 8, 2011, a water quality inspector (WQI), acting on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, inspected the Waringstown stream upstream of its confluence with the River Lagan at Milltown Road. The stream was visibly discoloured and there was fungal growth on the bed of the River Lagan downstream. Dead fish were also present.

Untreated sewage was found to be discharging from the Milltown Road WWPS to the affected waterway. It was occurring due to the failure of standby pumping equipment to operate. This contravened the conditions of a Water (NI) Order 1999 ‘consent to discharge’ issued in respect of the site.