Muir expresses concern following Holywood Pollution Incident

I have expressed concern following a pollution incident in Holywood last week which saw sewage discharged into a local river.

On 26 March I was contacted by a concerned resident reporting discharge of raw sewage into the Croft Burn and associated malodour. Upon reporting the issue to the NI Environment Agency Pollution Hotline it quickly became apparent that the cause of the pollution was a block Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) on Victoria Road, Holywood.

Whilst I am grateful for NI Water for unblocking the CSO on 28 March I am concerned that this issue occurred in the first place and have therefore contacted NI Water to establish cause of the blockage so we can avoid any future re occurrences.  

NIEA response: I am happy to confirm that this incident was investigated this morning and the source established as a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) on Victoria Road with the cause likely to be a blockage. Northern Ireland Water have been working on this today in order to restore the flow in the sewer and thus stop the discharge. I would expect rapid improvement in the watercourse over the next few days but we shall be keeping it under observation to ensure this is the case. I have also notified a number of residents who contacted ourselves directly yesterday evening.