Sewage offences cost Southern Water £30,900

Southern Water has landed a large penalty for damaging the ecology of an East Sussex river by polluting it with sewage in 2006.

Problems at a Southern Water sewage treatment works in 2006 led to the company being fined £22,000 and ordered to pay £8,900 costs on 2 January by Sevenoaks magistrates court.

The company pleaded guilty to three offences of failing to meet the standards prescribed in its discharge consent for ammonia and biochemical oxygen demand, contrary to section 85(6) of the Water Resources Act 1991. It also pleaded guilty to causing sew

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