United Utilities pays out £155,000 sanction following sewage pollution

The water firm has made its first civil sanction payment, following incidents in Tameside and Derbyshire involving sewage discharge into local watercourses

The polluted river Goyt
The river Goyt was discoloured badly by the pollution. Photograph: Environment Agency

The Environment Agency (EA) has secured £155,000 in donations to environmental charities from United Utilities after it polluted water courses in Derbyshire and Greater Manchester in mid-2016.

The two enforcement undertakings were accepted by the EA in October, discharged in January and announced on 8 February. These are the first civil sanctions for the firm.

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