Water Abstraction and Discharges (Northern Ireland)

Digital datasets of water abstraction licence application locations (except public water supplies) in SHP and GML format.

https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/publications/abstractions-and-discharges

https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/abstraction-and-impoundment-licensing-requirements

Abstraction & Impoundment Licensing Team
Water Management Unit
NIEA
17 Antrim Road
Tonagh
Lisburn
County Antrim
BT28 3AL

Email: AIL@daera-ni.gov.uk

Northern Ireland abstraction database in Excel (840 records)

Water pollution enforcement actions in Northern Ireland


In relation to your correspondence of 7 April 2022, I would make the following reply in response to your question:


‘Are all water pollution enforcement actions published, or do they need to be requested via FOI/AIE? for example

https://www.armaghi.com/news/banbridge-news/quarry-company-fined-after-river-bann-tributary-polluted-by-discharge/164197’

The Press Releases that Water Management Unit prepare are published on the DAERA website and made available on Twitter from the date of the decision made by Court.

Press Releases are available on the website for 3 months, after which they are removed for legal reasons.

AIE submitted for enforcement actions for 2020-2022 to date (28/4/22)

Requested the specific provision of legislation under which enforcement data is unpublished on a 3 monthly schedule

Incidents of agricultural pollution in Northern Ireland rivers from 2017 to 2021

How many incidents of agricultural pollution have been recorded in Northern Ireland rivers from 1st of January 2017 to the 30th of April 2021? (please include impact i.e. high, low)

a. Of those incidents how many resulted in a prosecution
b. Of those incidents how many resulted in a penalty / fine
c. Of those incidents how were they dealt with? (warning letters etc.)

During the date range specified in the query there were:
– 1023 Low Severity Incidents (605 where the polluter was identified and 418 where there was no polluter identified);
– 247 Medium Severity Incidents (189 where the polluter was identified and 58 where there was no polluter identified); and

– 39 High Severity Incidents (20 where the polluter was identified and 19 where there was no polluter identified)