String of convictions for Anglian Water

Anglian Water received its largest fine ever in July after a sewage works grossly exceeded its discharge consent. It was the company's fifth conviction for a pollution offence this year, although no hint of these appears in its annual report.

The latest of this year's convictions arose from charges under sections 107(1)(c) and 107(6) of the Water Act 1989. The offence occurred in May 1991 at the company's sewage works at Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk.

Fakenham magistrates heard that a National Rivers Authority officer noticed that effluent from the works was thick and black with humus sludge. Analyses showed a biochemical oxygen demand 15 times the consented limit. The suspended

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