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North West Water fined after control failure

The failure of a pump control panel led to the pollution of the river Irwell with sewage, Bury magistrates court heard on 1 November. Sewage overflowed from a pumping station at Prestwich, near Manchester, last December when the control system broke down. Temporary pumps brought in by the company were unable to cope with the load. North West Water pleaded guilty to causing sewage to enter the river, contrary to section 85 of the Water Resources Act 1991. The company was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £810.

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