Scottish Water fined for sludge discharge

Scottish Water has been fined £4,000 after admitting discharging sewage sludge into a burn near Cumbernauld. Airdrie sheriff court fined the company on 9 December after it admitted a charge brought under section 30F(3) of the Control of Pollution Act 1974.

Scottish Water blamed operational problems at its Dunnswood sewage treatment works. The discharge turned the Red Burn and the Bonny Water grey for several kilometres and deposited sewage solids on the stream bed. The case brought Scottish Water's convictions to at least eleven this year, with fines totalling more than £31,000.

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