Southern Water gets record £2m fine for polluting Kent beaches

The Environment Agency sought to prosecute Southern Water after its discharged untreated sewage onto Thanet beaches in 2012 and 2014

Southern Water’s Margate wastewater pumping station suffered a series of failures in 2012. Photograph: Environment AgencySouthern Water has been fined a record sum for polluting Kent beaches with untreated sewage in 2012 and 2014.

The water company was fined £2,000,000 at Maidstone Crown Court on 19 December after pleading guilty to breaching its environmental permit. No order for costs was made as a figure of £50,000 was agreed between the parties.

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