Pollution fines for water firms back on the rise

The water industry was fined almost £600,000 for pollution offences in 2008, up almost half on 2007. Anglian Water accounted for a third of the total, following its near-record £178,973 penalty in October.

The UK water industry was ordered to pay £591,465 for pollution offences in 2008, a 47% rise on 2007 (see table). The total is the third largest since ENDS began compiling records in 2003.

Sixty one offences were successfully prosecuted, down on 2004’s high of 85, but up slightly on the low of 53 in 2007. The longer-term trend is for fewer offenc

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