Sinn Féin Environment Spokesperson Councillor Sandra Duffy has said she has contacted the Environment Agency to seek assurance of the safety of drinking after she has been inundated with calls and messages regarding the safety of the drinking water following the recent flooding and in particular with the River Faughan breaching its banks into the illegal dump at Mobuoy.
Councillor Duffy said
I have been contacted by a number residents regarding the water in their homes tasting different and being cloudy, others have expressed concern regarding the possible contamination of the water coming from the Mobuoy illegal dump.
I have been in regular contact with several relevant agencies over the past week regarding these issues and I am satisfied at this stage that all measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of our drinking water.
The Environment Agency have told me that they are currently monitoring the site and have stepped up their sampling of the water, they have been sending these samples to the Public Health Agency and to date no issues have been raised.
I have been assured that the Environment Agency, NI Water and the Public Health Agency will be continuing with this monitoring and sampling over the coming days and weeks to ensure there is no risk to our water supply. However, if anyone is concerned regarding the taste or colour of their water, they should contact NI Water who will send a representative who will sample it for you.
I am confident that the treatment works is carrying out chemical as well as biological testing on the water supply and have put in place the appropriate checks and balances to ensure public safety. I will continue to liaise with the relevant agencies regarding this matter.’