The pollution happened in March last year when the Killymoon River was polluted following a leak from the Sandholes Sewage Pumping Station.

NI Water said the incident was caused by ‘complications’ which led to a temporarily shut down and caused the discharge.

A spokesperson for NI Water said: “We responded quickly and completed repairs the same day.

“A review of the alarm also took place and changes have been made to ensure NI Water is alerted before an un-consented discharge to the watercourse takes place.”

NI Water was fined £500 plus £34 costs. in mitigation the firm said, throughout the process, it fully co-operated with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

Luke Walsh

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