Welsh Water to pay £49,000 for killing 500 fish

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water has been ordered to pay out nearly £50,000 after an alkaline slurry spill into a river killed more than 500 fish.

The incident occurred in July 2018 at the not-for-profit firm’s Felindre water treatment works, near Swansea. The facility is one of the largest in Wales, producing drinking water for 400,000 residents of the city, Bridgend and Cardiff.

A spillage of lime at the site escaped through a surface water drain into the river Lliw, killing more than 500 dead trout, lamprey and bullheads, according to Natural Resources Wales (NRW), which brought the prosecution. NRW also found freshwater shrimps, mayflies and caddisflies had been killed.

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