DRINKING WATER FOR 1,500 PUT AT RISK BY RECKLESS DUMPING OF DIESEL WASTE

18 January 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

BY MICHAEL MCDONNELL
michael@northern-standard.ie

THE RECKLESSNESS of criminals and gangs involved in diesel laundering was brought into sharp focus again this week when the source of fresh water for over 1,500 homes in south Monaghan was put in jeopardy when a leaking drum was dumped beside the Donaghmoyne Group Water Scheme’s filtration plant.
Only the swift action of group scheme members on Monday morning prevented the diesel wash from leaking into Lough Nagarnaman, which supplies Monaghan’s biggest independent water scheme.
Donaghmoyne GWS chairman Donal McDaid told the Northern Standard that the 1,000-litre drum was partially on its side when the containers were spotted between 8am and 9am on Monday morning.
A teleporter forklift was immediately brought to the scene, to straighten the tank before the wash seeped into the adjacent lake — thereby averting a potentially serious pollution incident that might otherwise have had serious ramifications for the local drinking water supply. Fire brigade units attended the scene, and outdoor staff from Monaghan Co Council were deployed later on Monday to conduct a decontamination and cleanup of the area.
Mr McDaid said this was the second such incident in the locality inside five weeks, and that it was a therefore matter of serious concern. If there …

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