Telemetry failure prolonged Anglian Water sewage incident

Anglian Water has been fined for a pollution incident in which untreated sewage was discharged from a pumping station in Ipswich. A telemetry link which should have alerted the company to the problem failed to operate.

The incident occurred last July, when a public complaint about pollution in a tributary of the Stour estuary was investigated by an officer of the National Rivers Authority. He discovered that crude sewage was being discharged from a storm overflow at the Brantham pumping station. A blockage at the site had brought the overflow into operation, but a telemetry system which should have given Anglian Water an automatic warning failed to operate.

On 21 March, Ipswich magistrates fined the company £4,000 for the offence, and ordered it to pay costs of £761.

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