NI Water hit by pounds 15k fine for pollution; ENVIRONMENT.
NI Water was fined pounds 15,000 yesterday for polluting a tributary with poisonous and noxious substances.
An inspector who checked the waterway at Cidercourt Road, Crumlin, Co Antrim, in October 2008 found it was heavily discoloured.
The source was traced to Laurelvale sewage pumping station in Crumlin which was discharging to an unnamed tributary of the Crumlin River, Antrim Magistrates' Court was told.
NI Water said the pumping station was scheduled for inspection every four weeks but the alarm triggered when levels rise to overflow did not appear to have been set before the incident.
A sample confirmed the discharge contained poisonous, noxious and polluting matter potentially harmful to fish in the waterway.