NI Water has condemned the recent dumping of animal carcasses on a laneway near Lough Mourne impounding reservoir.
The carcasses, which included three calves and four sheep, were found when a staff member was carrying out routine checks at the site north of Carrickfergus.
Maynard Cousley, water supply manager for the area said: “Those responsible for this incident went to this site clearly intent on dumping the carcases. The gates they broke down are substantial in both size and weight and you would need some sort of heavy machinery or vehicle in order to cause that kind of damage.
“These gates were installed last year at a cost of nearly £7,000 in order to prevent frequent fly tipping at the site. Over the last 12 months there have been no less than 4 serious incidents of fly tipping at this reservoir which involved not only animal carcases but asbestos and general building waste.
“As well as the potential public health hazards associated with the disposal of animals remains in this way, such incidents also create a needless drain on limited resources and mean that other priority improvements to our services cannot be delivered.
“While none of the incidents posed a risk to water quality, the additional costs of removing the carcases and repairing the damage are substantial. I would appeal to the public in the area to be vigilant and if they have any information or see anything suspicious to contact the PSNI or the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”