Severn Trent convicted for Worcester drinking water incident

Severn Trent Water has become the first water company to be convicted of supplying water "unfit for human consumption". On 25 April, it was fined £45,000 after Hereford Crown Court concluded that it had taken inadequate precautions to prevent contamination of water supplies to thousands of homes in the Worcester area last April. The outcome shows that the courts may deem water to be "unfit" even where there is no public health risk or breach of legal standards - but the difficulties of using the legislation to bring proceedings where there is no overt evidence of contamination remain.

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