Wash, rinse, repeat: are tougher penalties the answer to stalled water pollution performance?

Prosecutions for water pollution incidents are resulting in larger penalties for water companies and the Environment Agency is making greater use of enforcement undertakings, but utility firms’ performance has plateaued. James Fair investigates

Dead fish in river

Thames Water holds the record for a £20.36m fine for water pollution spanning several years, killing fish and other river life 

During the August bank holiday in 2015, a dislodged brick blocked a sewer in

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