NI Water has pleaded guilty to causing a pollution incident from its Sandholes Sewage Pumping Station on 31st March 2009. The incident is linked to complications at the pumping station causing it to temporarily shut down and cause a discharge into Killymoon River.
NI Water was fined £500 plus £34 costs. Throughout the process, NI Water co-operated fully with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.
According to NI Water, it views the protection of the environment as a major priority and invests significant resources and measures to safeguard it. Indeed, NI Water is the only public body in Northern Ireland to have earned full International ISO 14001 status, an international standardisation awarded based on the company’s environmental management system.
Over the course of the period 2007/08 to 2009/10 NI Water invested approximately £490 million on improvements to its sewerage network system and wastewater treatment works. NI Water will continue with a programme of investment to its sewerage network system and wastewater treatment works over the new investment period 2010 – 2013.